Friday, October 16th, 2020 is World Food Day. A day originated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations for the worldwide promotion and awareness for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure healthy diets for all. Hunger affects every community, in every corner of the world. Children go hungry every day, while food goes wasted right around the corner. Join us on a mission to bring awareness to this growing problem, and elevate those who are working to end hunger, and bring sustainable solutions today.
This year marks their 75th anniversary, and is especially remarkable given the widespread effects of COVID-19 and the resulting increase in worldwide hunger during this time.
• 2 billion people experience moderate or severe food insecurity, meaning they have difficulty in regularly accessing enough nutritious food.
• More than 113 million people across 53 countries experience acute hunger requiring urgent food, nutrition and livelihoods assistance.
• The global population is expected to reach almost 10 billion by 2050, which will significantly increase the demand for food.
• Approximately 14 percent of food produced for human consumption is lost each year before reaching the wholesale market.
• Over 3 billion people in the world lack access to internet and most of them live in rural and remote areas. Smallholder farmers need greater access to finance, training, innovation and technology to improve their livelihoods.
• Intensified food production, combined with climate change, is causing a rapid loss of biodiversity. Today only nine plant species account for 66 percent of total crop production.
• A combination of poor diets and sedentary lifestyles has led to soaring obesity rates, not only in developed countries, but also low-income countries, where hunger and obesity often coexist. No region is exempt.
• If our food systems are not transformed, undernourishment and malnutrition will greatly increase by 2050. This could increase more if there is further deterioration in income inequality, employment or basic access to services.
• The impact of malnutrition in all its forms – undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, as well as overweight and obesity – on the global economy is estimated at USD 3.5 trillion per year.
You too can help this mission to grow, nourish and sustain together around the world and take action by choosing healthy and diverse diets, growing food at home, respecting food, supporting development initiatives, supporting food related business and shopping local. For more ideas visit the fao.org site and take action.
Join us, as we donate 20% of all proceeds from our online sales on World Food Day 2020 to FeedTheChildren.Org as our way to Give Back to our community and those around the world, and continue our mission to Give Glad Dreams in any way that we can.