Saturday, October 17, 2009

Fight hunger, get inspired on World Food Day USA

What did you to to be an inspiration for World Food Day? In case you missed it, Friday, Oct. 16 was World Food Day USAThe worldwide event is designed to increase awareness and understanding, and is a call to action to alleviate world hunger. It is observed today in recognition of the found of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 1945. The first World Food Day was in 1981. The day is sponsored by 450 national, private voluntary organizations in the U.S. today.

WFD planning is done at the community level. Individual groups can hold a special event, but the most successful observances happen when organizers work together with affiliates of national sponsors. Local coalitions, representing the diversity of national sponsors, can share ideas that will involve schools, businesses, worship centers, government offices, service groups, the media, etc.

On this World Food Day 2009, with the theme Achieving Food Security in Times of Crisis, the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP), as part of the Farmers ‘Fighting Poverty program,’ calls upon governments and funding agencies for a major effort to invest in farmers’ organizations in developing countries. The future of food security hangs in the balance. The 20 billion dollar agricultural investments promised by the G-8 could lead to global food security if farmers’ organizations are the focus of the resources. Read more here...

The 2009 WFDUSA is the 29th observance of the day. The challenge is to coordinate community planning and increase awareness. What are you doing to observe WFDUSA? Please leave your comments below.
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