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World Food Day 2012

Posted by Cassie Galpin Media intern

16th Oct 2012

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Today on World Food Day, more than 1 in eight people will go to bed hungry.

Living in the UK, a country where it's ok to throw food out if it's a day past its best before date and not eat yesterday's leftovers, surely this seems ridiculous. The facts are there and something needs to be done about it.

A new report on hunger by the Food and Agriculture Organisations last week revealed that nearly 870 million - that's the population of Europe, The U.S. and Canada - were hungry in 2010/2012 and also that the number of people being lifted out of hunger has slowed down dramatically. Soaring food prices, land grabbing, climate change and intensive farming all adds to the problem of people all over the world not having enough to eat.

The theme of World Food Day is to raise awareness and understanding of approaches to ending hunger.  The focus for World Food Day 2012 is agricultural co-operatives.  Co-operatives are key in the fight to end world hunger because of their impact on poor and rural communities. Their membership is most often made up of small and medium scale farmers who meet and work together to combat food insecurity.

Everyone can play a part in calling for a world where everyone has enough to eat. From 15- 21 October it is Grow Week at Oxfam. You can nominate your local food hero or even organise a stunt to highlight the problems of land grabbing. To get your voice heard by the leader of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim sign the petition here to ask for a freeze in investment of land for 6 months.

It is possible for everyone in the world to have enough food to eat and we can all play a part - join with us and take action now.

Blog post written by Cassie Galpin

Media intern

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