Today is World Food Day – a day to honor the global commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime.
World Food Day was first established in 1979 and it falls on October 16 in commemoration of the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on October 16, 1945 in Quebec, Canada.
Hunger by the Numbers
According to the FAO and the US Department of Agriculture, 1 in 9 people on the planet live in a state of chronic hunger.
Malnutrition and its associated health maladies disproportionately affect the most vulnerable populations:
- 60% of the world’s hungry people are women
- Nearly 5 million children under the age of 5 die annually from malnutrition-related causes
- In the US, 1 in 7 Americans does not have enough to eat.
In the US, 99% of our population does not work on a farm. And while farming in the US is dominated by large agribusiness companies, 98% of farms in the world are family farms.
This year’s World Food Day theme is “Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth”. To learn more about family farming and its impact on alleviating world hunger, check out the Perspectives page of the World Food Day website available at: http://www.worldfooddayusa.org/perspectives.
The World Food Day project maintains that YOU are part of the solution to end world hunger. You can find out about World Food Day events going on in your neck of the woods by clicking here: http://www.worldfooddayusa.org/events
Some other ways you can help include:
- Host a World Food Day Dinner
- Attend a Hunger Walk
- Organize a Meal Packaging Event
If you want to do something right now, consider taking the Hunger U Challenge Quiz available at http://hungeruchallenge.com/
To learn more about World Food Day, visit their site at http://www.worldfooddayusa.org/.