Thursday, October 16, 2014

World Food Day



Did you know that today is World Food Day?



World Food Day is a day of action against hunger which also celebrates the creation of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Global peasant movements such as Via Campesina celebrate this day to advance action for food sovereignty and raise awareness on agroecology. In observance of World Food Day, FAO is paying tribute to the world’s family farmers, in conjunction with the International Year of Family Farming

Family farming is managed and operated by a family and mainly relies on family labor for production activities in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, pastoralism, and aquaculture (Food Tank). The local food movement which continues to lay down its roots across the USA has had a significant impact in increasing visibility for American family farmers. Across the world, family farmers are crucial in their role as the main producers of food consumed at a local level as well as their role in “improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment and achieving sustainable development” (FAO). Yet, a vast number of family farmers are often poor and experience hunger. World Food Day serves as a great platform to honor and reflect on the contribution of the world’s family farmers and think about long-term solutions in curbing global hunger.


Resources:

National Geographic has created a great one minute video which looks at world hunger and possible solutions. Video: Feeding Our Hungry Planet

National Geographic article on Food Waste

Nat Geo’s website entirely devoted to The Future of Food


Food First discusses Agroecology this World Food Day 

Through its farms and markets programs, City Green is deeply committed to increasing accessibility, availability and affordability of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables for the wider community. In particular, City Green's Double Value Coupon Program run in partnership with Wholesome Wave offers low-income and food insecure residents the opportunity to double their food assistance benefits at the City Green Markets. 



 by Claudia Urdanivia