Today we observe World Food Day – a day where people worldwide come together to declare their commitment to end hunger in our lifetime. And this year’s theme is the role of family farmers in eradicating world hunger. Family farmers represent the backbone of global agriculture, playing a huge role in feeding families around the world. So today we toast family farmers around the world and here at home in California, where we depend on family farmers for a significant portion of the high-quality olives we use to make our extra virgin olive oil.
World Food Day celebrates the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on Oct. 16, 1945 in Quebec, Canada. First established in 1979, World Food Day has since then been observed in almost every country by millions of people. The UN agency notes that this year’s family farmer theme focuses global attention on the key role family farmers play in:
- Eliminating hunger and poverty
- Providing food security and nutrition
- Improving livelihoods
- Managing natural resources
- Safeguarding the environment
- And achieving sustainable development, especially in rural areas
According to the FAO, family farmers account for some 98% of farm holdings around the world. At California Olive Ranch, we look to family farmers across northern California to grow and cultivate our olives. We’re working closely with them right now as we harvest our olives and crush them into extra virgin olive oil. You can see some of our family farmers in the photos above. They play an invaluable role in making California Olive Ranch possible. We can’t thank them enough.
Please join us today in recognizing the contribution family farmers make to our daily lives. How? Snap a photo or create a video that shows how you appreciate their contribution too feeding the world’s population. Post it to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or other form of social media along with the hashtag #ToastAFarmer. It will show family farmers that we recognize their invaluable contribution.