Global Learning Programme

World Food Day 2017

World Food Day 2017 is on 16 October. This year its theme is changing the future of migration by investing in food security and rural migration.

World Food Day 2017

Food security – the availability and accessibility of food – is an issue that affects everyone. World Food Day is part of the campaign for the world to reach Global Goal (Sustainable Development Goal) 2, Zero Hunger by 2030.

The Global Learning Programme (GLP) offers useful teaching resources, background reading and CPD to help you engage your pupils with World Food Day.

Our free World Food Day teaching resource supports teachers wishing to develop their pupils’ knowledge of food, and its production and impact on the environment. It aims to develop pupils’ enquiry and critical thinking skills, and understanding of the GLP themes of interdependence, globalisation and sustainability. This free resource includes:

Topic-based resources also provide a range of opportunities to explore food insecurity and its impact. You can also search the global dimension website, by Key Stage and subject, for resources to help you teach about these issues.

GLP-approved CPD

The GLP provides funding of up to £500-worth of e-credits* that can be used to attend CPD courses that help you incorporate global learning into your teaching. Here are just a few that help to address food security and migration. (You’ll find the full range of courses available on our CPD Calendar):

Food For Thought: Global learning through school partnerships and sustainable food growing, half day or one twilight, aims to develop greater knowledge and understanding of development issues (e.g. sustainability, food security and climate change), to better understand the needs of children in other countries and therefore empower children to act for change, and to develop greater awareness of diversity within all groups in all societies, and so challenge stereotypes.

Hidden stories – shared lives critically engages with and reflects on the 'big ideas' around the issue of migration, providing meaningful context to learning about migration with the use of engaging, contemporary mixed media resources. It builds teacher confidence in helping pupils understand their role in a globally-interdependent world, and developing a more empathetic awareness of the implications of being a global citizen. 

More in common – schools, society, the world explores: the sustainable development goals and social justice; British values; and Philosophy for Children as an approach for thinking about complex and controversial global issues and the challenges facing our society.

Case studies and background reading

Read how pupils from Merley First School in Dorset investigated food waste, and how Bay House School & Sixth Form in Hampshire conducted a two-day project celebrating World Food Day – The Sustainable Table: From the Field to the Table.

See how Ashley School in Cheshire carried out a whole-school project to raise awareness of the issue of Fairtrade, not only for pupils and staff but for the whole school community.

Take a look at the work shared with local schools by St Nicholas of Tolentine RC Primary School, Bristol, on being a School of Sanctuary – addressing the challenges and stereotypes around refugees.

Learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals here, and more particularly about Goal 2 on zero hunger.

Read Kate Brown’s research on global poverty in her paper: Young people’s understandings of global poverty.


* The GLP is funded by the UK government. All schools can join the programme, but funding is only available to Key Stages 2 and 3 in state schools in England.