Category: News
Date published: October 19, 2022

Celebrating real food heroes

Celebrating real food heroes

‘Leave NO ONE behind’ is the theme for World Food Day 2022 – a year that still finds us with an ongoing pandemic, conflict in Ukraine and other parts of the world, accelerated climate change, and a rising cost of living. World Food Day is a day on which to think about ways to achieve food security for everyone. 

‘Now that we are increasingly involved in biological protection of agricultural crops, our role in securing safe food for a growing population has become even more relevant,’ says Martin Koppert. ‘Not only are these crops more nutritional and safe, the use of biocontrol and biostimulants means that the immediate environment does not suffer the results of chemical agents. Everybody wins!’  

World Food day is celebrated annually on 16 October to promote global awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and to highlight the need to ensure healthy diets for all.  

Food production awareness is continuously on the agenda of our partners Ruud Sies and Hanneke van Hintum via the  A Journey through the World of Resilient Agriculture | Resilience Food Stories platform  in which they tell the stories of real food heroes, passionate farmers who show us that only sustainable horticulture and agriculture can make the world’s food production healthier, safer, more productive and resilient.  

Join them on World Food Day and view some of the recent Resilience Food Stories below: 

Maize, a gift from gods 

In an interview Marin Jonsson (Mexico) explains the importance of maize, as it is one of the most versatile crops which can adapt to almost any climate in the world offering high yields. ‘It is important to focus on sustainable and culturally adapted production in accordance with farming traditions.’ 

500 hectares of carrots and onions 

‘The land we farm on is not only ours, it also belongs to the future generations.’ – explains Grigore Petru (Romania), a carrot and potato farmer. ‘People want healthy, high quality food, at the same time we want to preserve the health of the environment.’  

Xrarm and the tower of hope 

Xfarm a local social project in Puglia on more than 50 hectares, is a great example of social farming. Global an local issues are taking into consideration, such a climate change, biodiversity and  job opportunities for the socially disadvantaged. ‘Once we change the means of production, we can change the means of distribution and then we can change people’s habits’ - states Jacopo Volpicelli (Italy).