On Food: Hunger Steals The Memory…
“Hunger also changes the world – when eating can’t be a habit, than neither can seeing.” Maxine Hong Kingston
HUNGER: what you need to know.
When a poor family has no food to eat, every bit of energy is spent on finding ways to stave off hunger. Hunger steals everything; our health, our memory, even our dignity. World Food Day, celebrated on October 16th, is a reminder that the global battle for equitable food distribution continues. Each year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) picks a theme as its focus for World Food Day. The theme for this year is Agricultural Cooperatives, and according to UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, “Co-operatives are a reminder to the international community that it is possible to pursue economic sustainability and social responsibility.” With 870 Million people still going hungry worldwide (130 less now than 20 years ago), and an FAO goal to half that number by 2015, the road to ending hunger is a long one. More below.
“Hunger steals the memory.” Louise Erdrich
Hungry Planet Episode 20 – Special Report
Since that fateful day in November 1979 when FAO Member Countries chose October 16th, the anniversary of FAO’s founding in 1945, as World Food Day, FAO has battled global hunger issues. Its Millennium Development Goal targets hunger and is determined to half the proportion of hungry people in developing countries by 2015. So far, FAO data shows that while Asia and Latin America have reduced their numbers of hungry people, the numbers in sub-Saharan Africa are on the rise. Since 1990, data on the percentage of undernourished persons has been slowly shifting:
2010-2012 868 million (12%)
2007-2009 867 million (13%)
2004-2006 898 million (14%)
1991-2001 919 million (15%)
1990-1992 1000 million (19%)
More data below!
“A hungry man is not a free man.” Adlai E. Stevenson
Feeding The World: Some of the data available shows that about 870 Million people still go hungry worldwide even though it is 130 million folk less now than 20 years ago. 1 in 8 people go to sleep hungry every day, and the percentage of undernourished persons for fiscal year 2010-2012 is now (12%) 868 million. FAO continues to sponsor Save Food: a global initiative on reducing the 1.3bn tonnes of food lost or wasted each year. We can do more. To learn more, you may visit the following sites/links: FAO.org, WorldFoodDayUSA.org, FeedingMinds.org
What are your thoughts? Have you participated in a Food/end hunger drive? What methods do you use to manage food waste in your household? Do share! Thank you.
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Positive Motivation Tip: Make a difference, help end hunger by ending household food wastage, donating to your local food bank or learning more ways to ACT on hunger.
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