Each year World Food Day puts the spotlight on the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty, and draws attention to achievements in food security and agricultural development. On 16 October GAIN will join more than 40 organisations around the world including 1,000 days, The World Food Programme (WFP) and Save the Children to highlight the need to end malnutrition.
There are an estimated 842 million hungry people on the planet, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). This means that one in eight people in the world suffer from chronic hunger, not having enough food for an active and healthy life. Plus the number of people on the planet is increasing rapidly. Production of basic staple foods will need to increase by 60 percent to meet the expected growth in demand.
“Producing more food is important. But it is not enough. Two billion people worldwide lack micronutrients vital for good health. Each one of us requires more than basic staple foods for a balanced and nutritious diet. Our food systems must become more nutrition-driven, with a stronger focus on fruits, vegetables, and other nutrient-dense foods” says the FAO.
World Food Day aims to heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world, encourage the participation of rural people – particularly women and the least privileged categories – in decisions and activities influencing their living conditions, to promote the transfer of technologies to the developing world, to strengthen international and national solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty, and draw attention to achievements in food and agricultural development.
The themes this year is Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth.
GAIN is partnering with Business Fights Poverty in a week long campaign to bring awareness to World Food Day and the small holder farmers central to the fight against malnutrition. We will be sharing a case study from GAIN’s much anticipated publication on nutrition along the agricultural value chain to come out later in 2014 as well as a thought piece from Executive Director Marc Van Ameringen. Please join us for a a live Chat on Business Fights Poverty site on World Food Day 16 October. Follow us on Twitter @GAINalliance @fightpoverty.
Our partners will be hosting events in preparation for World Food Day including:
- FoodTankaims to compile a series of profiles on family farmers in the USA Working with the Community for Zero Hunger. These profiles will be shared through multiple venues to highlight the important role that family farmers play in global food systems.
- Fabretto Children’s Foundation seeks to empower under-served children and their families through developing school gardens. These gardens, in particular, produce fruits and vegetables (such as onions, corn, avocados, mangoes, and radishes), all of which go directly back to the children’s lunches, often their only full meal of the day.
- On 1-3 October, Baylor Texas Hunger Initiative is hosting the ‘Together at the Table: Hunger & Poverty Summit. The event will be held on Baylor University’s campus in Waco, Texas and is co-hosted by the Texas Hunger Initiative, USDA Southwest Regional Office and the Texas Food Bank Network
- Feed My Starving Children, Outreach International and Stop Hunger Now are organizing two hour, volunteer-based sessions to package and supply foods for school feeding programs and emergency food aid, which provide important nutrients and energy for the world’s most vulnerable people and people in crisis.
Click here to read more about World Food Day from FAO.
To join the conversation, tweet as at @GAINalliance using the hashtag #hunger.