It’s fall season and the numbers once again are quite staggering. Over 700 million people in the world do not have enough food to manage a healthy lifestyle, while the greatest number of the world’s hungry population live in developing countries with more than 12 percent of those undernourished. These numbers mostly cut across women and children of primary school age, 66 million of which attend school hungry. For this reason and more, the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations, set up the World Food Day to commemorate its founding. Established in the 16th of October, 1979, it has become an annual event held on this date.
It’s worthy to note that many are keen to make a difference in light of the embarrassing situation humanity has found itself with many, especially children, having nothing to eat. You can also make a difference in the following ways:
Take A Stand – Speak
Many issues are swept under the rug with people consciously sidestepping how important they are. You don’t have to be one of them. Get busy and interact with your immediate community pointing out ways in which they can actively reduce the frightening numbers associated with hunger on this special day. For instance, point out how billions worth of food gets wasted each year with the United States alone accounting for over $160 billion.
Furthermore, other causes of global hunger such as climate change and conflict seriously impede the good work done by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) to limit the spread of hunger. Again, you could speak about how it’s important for members of your community to eat healthy foods especially if they’ve the opportunity to do so.
Volunteer With A Garden/Local Farm
There’s more you can do to improve food security even if that involves getting your hands dirty. If you’ve never been to a farm, or own a garden, search out a place in your community where you can help produce fresh and healthy food. Thanks to many reasons including lack of access to fresh produce, economic considerations and more, people face a lot of challenges to eating anything meaningful or healthy enough.
Seeking out local gardens and farms means you understand the need to eradicate hunger in your own small way. Also, you can help take fresh produce to areas where there’s an obvious lack.
Donate To The Cause
Rather than have excess laying around or trashed for disposal, send them to local shelters where they can be put to great use. Further, there are tons of programs, platforms, and initiatives that actively seek ways to better humanity by dealing with hunger. You can donate financially and even volunteer on the day to help spread food to people in distress.
Numerous programs abound including those aimed at getting nutritious items like milk, vegetables, and fruits to school-age children all over the world. An initiative of such nature is very important with unhealthy diets being the leading risk factor for deaths from non-communicable diseases.
Again, you can donate to have food bars and other important items sent to conflict-prone areas in the world like some developing countries.
Buy And Support Local
Farmers are the bedrock of modern society in more ways than one hence, as you search for more reasons to eat healthily, it’s important that you order fresh food from platforms that support them. Also, most farmers have up-to-date sustainable methods of farming to ward off the effects of climate change and other industrial agricultural practices that lead to an increase in hunger. When you buy from them, you’re sowing into the future, since these methods are strategic to future successes in the fight to eliminate hunger.
Furthermore, local farmers are encouraged to produce more when they receive healthy returns for their efforts. Buying local is a nice way to show your support and help to increase food production on a global scale.
In conclusion, it’s interesting to note that the world produces enough food to feed everyone but a lot of that still gets wasted. Against this backdrop, this year’s World Food Day presents another opportunity for humanity to kick-on with concerted efforts to get rid of hunger and malnutrition. You too can make a difference.