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World Pasta Day

The 25 October is the World Pasta Day. This year the event reached Its 19th edition and took place in São Paulo, in Brazil, a country where pasta consumption is rapidly growing. The World Pasta Day was participated in by 250 representatives, pasta producers, institutions, scientists, journalists and food opinion leaders. 

The World Pasta Day started as part of the World Pasta Congress on 25 October 1995. On that occasion, experts from all over the world came together to discuss the benefits of pasta. Since then it has been held every year with the aim to promote the eating of pasta, along with its cultural and culinary importance. The festival is organised by Aidepi (Associazione industrie dolce e pasta italiane) and Ipo (International pasta organisation) in a different location every year.

Pasta is the pillar of the Mediterranean Diet. Even though carbo-phobia is widespread and low-carbs diets are increasingly in fashion, the consumption of pasta is on the increase because of its many benefits: pasta can be shelved for a long time, and in different conditions, it is sustainable because wheat cultivation has a very low impact on the environment, and it is healthy because it has nutrients difficult to equal. 

The world Pasta day was also the right place to release interesting data about pasta: Italy leads the producers’ market, of course: 1 pasta dish out of 4 eaten worldwide is made by an Italian pasta factory. Between 1997 and 2016 global pasta production has increased by almost 57%, moving from 9.1 to 14.3 million tons. There are 48 countries (+77%) producing significant quantities (over 1000 tons) and 52 countries (they were 30 before) where per capita yearly consumption is at least 1 kg. Italy leads the world pasta production with

3,408,499 tonnes, followed by the US 2,000,000; and Brazil 1,204,900. As far as world pasta consumption is concerned, Italy consumes 25,3 kg per capita; Tunisia 16.0, Venezuela 12.2. The main Exporting countries are, Italy, Turkey, and Belgium.

This year, as part of “The Power of Pasta” project, pasta producers launched a challenge “A dish of pasta to feed the planet”. This means they will donate over 3 million pasta dishes.  Italian pasta producers donated 13 tons of pasta, equal to 160,000 dishes, to the “Caritas”. According to "The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017”, a UN report edited by the Fao, the Ifad and the World Food Programme, in 2016 hunger increased once again after a decade of decline. It now effects 815 million people, +38 million compared to 2015, 11% of the world population.

Giulia Lombardo

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