World Food Day (WFD) – 16 October 2012
Agricultural cooperatives – key to feeding the world
World Food Day is an annual event put together by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to raise funds to feed the world’s chronically hungry.
[T]here have never been so many hungry people in the world.
The theme of this year’s World Food Day is Agricultural cooperatives: key to feeding the world. This theme was chosen to highlight the many, concrete ways in which agricultural cooperatives and producer organizations help to provide food security, generate employment, and lift people out of poverty. […] It has been said repeatedly that we have the means to eliminate hunger and malnutrition. What is needed is the establishment of an enabling environment that allows small producers to take full advantage of available opportunities. Strong cooperatives and producer organizations are an essential part of that enabling environment.
– José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of FAO, 2012 (pdf file)
World Food Day is on October 16 to remind us that every day there are empty bowls and critically hungry people world wide.
Let’s make every day World Food Day.
- blog from OUR kitchen WFD posts:
» Give us this day our daily bread (WBD/WFD 2011)
» Masala Dosa and a Reminder; Dragon Tail Baguettes (WBD/WFD); Broa – Portuguese Corn Bread (BBB October 2010); Event Announcement: World Food Day (2010)
» A billion for a billion (2009)
» the staff of life (2008)
- UN World Food Program:
» A billion for a billion
» FAO of the UN: Imagine achieving food security in times of crisis
» 10 things you can do to fight hunger
Acute hunger or starvation are often highlighted on TV screens […] These situations are the result of high profile crises like war or natural disasters, which starve a population of food, yet emergencies account for less than eight percent of hunger’s victims. […] Daily undernourishment is a less visible form of hunger – but it affects many more people […] By 2001-2003, the total number of undernourished people worldwide had risen to 854 million and the latest figure is 925 million.
Today, almost one person in six does not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life, making hunger and malnutrition the number one risk to health worldwide – greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
– UN World Food Program, Hunger FAQs
WFP Hunger Map 2011 Undernourished: Blue <5%; Yellow 5-9%; Orange 10-19%; Red 20-34% Maroon; >35%; Grey incomplete data (source: FAO: The State of Food Insecurity in the World)
Please note that there are impoverished and hungry people everywhere in the world. And while there are many of us more fortunate who might want pretend that nobody is hungry, happily there are also many who are not ignoring them but working hard to feed these people. Here are just a few possibilities of viable organizations. Please look in your community for others:
- Daily Bread Foodbank
- Second Harvest
- Ontario Association of Food Banks
- Canadian Association of Food Banks
- World Vision (Canada)
- Action Against Hunger
- Freedom from Hunger
- The Global FoodBanking Network
- The Hunger Project
- Relief Web
- World Food Program: Bloggers Against Hunger fighting hunger worldwide
Please remember when giving your donations to ensure that the relief agency you have chosen already has operations set up in the area. Also, it’s a good idea to ask their advice about whether it is best to specify “greatest need” on your donation. They know best where the moneys really need to go.
And don’t forget about these sites online.
- The Hunger Site – just one click a day, donate free food
- Learn Free Vocabulary and Give Free Rice
- Test your hunger IQ – How much do you know about zerohunger?