International Food Day
October 16th - International Food Day
In this same day back in 1945 the United Nations founded the FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization. But the World Food Day (WFD) was only established in 1979 and started to have different themes since 1981.
World Food Day (WFD)
As I was invited to make a presentation about World Food Day both for students and their parents I thought I could also make a hub about it.
If you ask me about international days in general I would say that I do not give them much attention most of the time. But in this case I believe that it is not only an interesting subject but also a very actual issue that must be attended urgently.
"Democracy, equality, economic participation, independence, education, responsibility to the community ... With appropriate policies cooperatives can be the key
World Food Day 2011
FAO - World Food Day 2010
One of the best-reviewed documentaries of 2005 is now available on DVD in this deluxe two-disc edition. There is a revolution happening in the farm fields and on the dinner tables of America, a revolution that is transforming the very nature of the food we eat.
Taking Sides presents current issues in a debate-style format designed to stimulate student interest and develop critical thinking skills.
Food journalist and former professional chef Cindy Burke writes in the introduction to this book: "Organic food can be so expensive and difficult to find that I always wondered if I was spending my money wisely."
The World Food Economy seeks to examine the lessons of the past for wealthy nations, where agricultural output has steadily risen for decades, as well as for developing nations where the advances of the "Green Revolution" in the 1960s have introduced new problems in addition to solutions.
The different themes of each year WFD:
- 1981/2 - Food Comes First
- 1983 - Food Security
- 1984 - Women in Agriculture
- 1985 - Rural Poverty
- 1986 - Fishermen and Fishing Communities
- 1987 - Small Farmers
- 1988 - Rural Youth
- 1989 - Food and the Environment
- 1990 - Food for the Future
- 1991 - Trees for Life
- 1992 - Food and Nutrition
- 1993 - Harvesting Nature's Diversity
- 1994 - Water For Life
- 1995 - Food For All
- 1996 - Fighting Hunger and Malnutrition
- 1997 - Investing in Food Security
- 1998 - Women Feed The World
- 1999 - Youth Against Hunger
- 2000 - A Millennium Free from Hunger
- 2001 - Fight Hunger to Reduce Poverty
- 2002 - Water: Source of Food Security
- 2003 - Working Together for an International Alliance Against Hunger
- 2004 - Biodiversity for Food Security
- 2005 - Agriculture and Intercultural Dialogue
- 2006 - Investing in agriculture for food security
- 2007 - The Right to Food
- 2008 - The Challenges of Climate Change and Bio-energy
- 2009 - Achieving Food Security in Times of Crisis
- 2010 - United Against Hunger
- 2011 - From crisis to stability
What has been done against hunger?
Today there are more than 150 countries participating in this event and there are thousands of organizations that help to spread the word all over the world.
Since 1997 TeleFood campaigns were brought to light and they have also helped the cause by raising over US$ 20 million in donations until now.
These project campaigns help funding small projects which are directed for small-scale poor farmers in order to allow them to produce more food, raise their revenues and make their access to food much easier.
Even though being very small scale projects they have been very useful for lots of small farmers around the world.
Kiva.org - Loans that chage lives!
I have been making small loans through Kiva and I am sure this has been the best way for me to help poor entrepreneurs living in less fortunate parts of the world.
I choose this system because I believe that loans can encourage more accountability than donations where repayment is not expected. This make those projects possible and motivate the borrowers to achieve their goals at the same time.
FAO - World Food Day 2009
How come there is still people who does not have enough food?
It is somehow strange that although there is enough food produced in the world to feed everybody there are still so many people starving to dead.
It is estimate that at least 923 million people (mainly living in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa) do not have access to enough food and this means that their productivity it is diminished and their children have under growing problems.
This is even worst if we think about the health problems that come along within those communities.
World Foodless Day
World Food Security - 2009 WFD theme
The Challenges of Climate Change and Bio-energy are subjects that have great influence in the food problematic as they cause even more difficulties to small farmers than everyone could imagine and that makes the need for solutions much more pressing.
With the energy crisis there was the need to start using more bio-energy sources but this also made food prices to grow immensely which put poor countries in an even worst situation.
WFD 2008 Video : Adapting to Climate Change in Bangladesh
Vanguard Corporation, an agricultural company led by a greedy and mercurial CEO, has developed a new line of genetically modified seed products. Designed to significantly increase crop yields and resist drought, pests, and disease in the hopes of reducing hunger in Third World countries, the seeds should also earn huge profits for the firm.
"...well written and informative...provides interesting information on nutrition with a global perspective in a readable and highly understandable presentation"
-E STREAMS (June 2003)
Can developing countries meet the food requirements of their growing populations without jeopardizing a natural resource base that is already under great stress? Can increases in food production achieved in the past two decades be sustained in the next two decades? Can developing countries achieve freedom from hunger and malnutrition for their entire populations? How can food security be reconciled with environment quality in an industrializing society? Leading authorities, from soil scientists to economists, address these critical questions in Food Security and Environmental Quality in the Developing World.
World Food Day postersClick thumbnail to view full-size
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