New Issue: UNPA food stamps celebrate World Food Day

Last October, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations celebrated World Food Day to commemorate the founding of the organization in 1945.

Events in more than 150 countries are held annually to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. The slogan for World Food Day 2017 was “Change the future of migration. Invest in food security and rural development.”

Part of the celebration was a six-stamp set issued by the United Nations Postal Administration.

A set of six first-day covers was also issued.


World Food Day is a chance to show a commitment to one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs)—to achieve “zero hunger” by 2030.

The right to food is a basic human right. Investing in sustainable food systems and rural development means addressing some of the major global challenges—from feeding the world’s growing population to protecting the global climate and tackling some of the root causes of migration and displacement. Achieving the 17 SDGs cannot happen without ending hunger or without having sustainable and resilient, climate-compatible agriculture and food systems that deliver for the people and the planet.

The next World Food Day will be celebrated on Oct. 16, 2018.


Artist: Helen Dardik
Denominations: 49 cents USD; $1.15 USD; 1 CHF; 1.50 CHF; 0.68 euros; 0.80 euros
Stamp size: 30 mm by 40 mm
Sheet size: 20 stamps
Printer: Royal Joh. Enschedé
Process: Offset lithography plus hexachrome
– 49 cents USD: Vegetables
– $1.15 USD: Pulses
– 1 CHF: Dairy
– 1.50 CHF: Fruit
– 0.68 euros: Grains
– 0.80 euros: Meat
– 49 cents USD: 110,000 stamps (5,500 sheets)
– $1.15 USD: 110,000 stamps (5,500 sheets)
– 1 CHF: 80,000 stamps (4,000 sheets)
– 1.50 CHF: 80,000 stamps (4,000 sheets)
– 0.68 euros: 90,000 stamps (4,500 sheets)
– 0.80 euros: 90,000 stamps (4,500 sheets)


Helen Dardik is a professional illustrator and a surface pattern designer based in Canada.

Born by the Black Sea, Dardik lived in Siberia for a time and then moved to Israel, where she studied art and design. In the early 1990s, she relocated to Canada, where she got a graphic design degree and found work as a designer and illustrator.

She mainly works in vector using the magic of imagination combined with the magic of Adobe illustrator, but watercolour, oil, gouache, embroidery and vinyl often find their way into her repertoire. Finding inspiration in her childhood, her three daughters, nature, vintage books and mid-century design, Dardik is determined to make her life into the most creative experience.

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