Most of the themes revolve around agriculture because only investment in agriculture – together with support for education and health – will turn this situation around.
The bulk of that investment will have to come from the private sector, with public investment playing a crucial role, especially in view of its facilitating and stimulating effect on private investment.
Papers are evaluated by OSU faculty, researchers and other area experts.
On the day of the OYI, students, now considered Ohio Borlaug Scholars, come to OSU and present a summary of their paper, listen to a keynote speaker and participate in activities on campus.
The OYI site lists a number of factors that impact food security in selected countries.
Students choose a country and key factor, research their chosen topic and write a short paper outlining their solutions.
The World Food Day theme for 2014 was Family Farming: "Feeding the world, caring for the earth"; in 2015 it was "Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty"; in 2016 it is Climate Change: "Climate is changing.
Food and agriculture must too", World Food Day (WFD) was established by FAO's Member Countries at the Organization's 20th General Conference in November 1979.
It has since been observed every year in more than 150 countries, raising awareness of the issues behind poverty and hunger.
Since 1981, World Food Day has adopted a different theme each year in order to highlight areas needed for action and provide a common focus.