The most important resource on earth, other than water, would arguably be food. While, those of us living in the western world probably would not even realize this fact, individuals in developing countries, especially in parts of Africa, the Middle East and South America, live day to day, hoping the next will provide them and their families with enough food to survive.
Established in 1979, World Food Day has become a holiday of sorts, observed around the globe. First introduced by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, it is a day in which the world pauses to realize that they must take action in order to help reduce hunger on this planet.
Every year since 1979 the FAO has gathered, with input from individuals outside of the organization, to come up with ideas and solutions to feed the world’s population. Today, is no different.
Each year since 1981, the FAO has provided a theme for World Food Day, with last year’s rendition being titled Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth”. This year, the theme is Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty.
Rural poverty is not something we are all that concerned with in the United States and most of Western Europe, but in third world countries it is a major problem. It is estimated that 21,000 people die every singe day because of the lack of food. On top of this, over 1 million children die from severe acute malnutrition annually. Many people in the western world don’t feel as though it is their obligation to help, but the United Nations asks that you do what you can on this special day, to lend a helping hand.
An organization called, Action Against Hunger allows anyone to donate any amount they choose, via credit card, to help end hunger worldwide. In addition, the United Nations is also asking everyone to Sign the Zero Hunger Challenge Declaration, which means you agree to “actively work to eradicate hunger”, align yourself with the elements of the Zero Hunger challenge, encourage others to join, and advocate for actions/policies that will help achieve “Zero Hunger”.
The ultimate goal of the challenge is to create a world which sees “zero stunted children”, access to food all year round for everyone and zero loss or waste of food. All of these are lofty goals, but goals which can be achieved if we all work together.
For those who can’t provide any monetary donations, providing ideas, and sharing this day with others is another way of helping. People are asked to share details of this special day with the world via social media using hashtags, #WorldFoodDay and #WFD2015.
So how will you be lending a hand this World Food Day?