We are proud to join our global community this World Food Day (October 16) in raising awareness of increasing rates of hunger and malnutrition around the world. The theme of this year’s World Food Day is Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together, which calls for the well-deserved recognition of communities who work collaboratively across sectors to make healthy and sustainable diets affordable and accessible to everyone.
This year, as we face the repercussions of COVID-19 together, it’s more important than ever to invest holistically in our sustainable global food systems. The FAO reminds us once again that nutritious foods that constitute a healthy diet are not available or affordable for many people, nor do all nutritious diets look the same around the world. Which is why we at The Hunger Project work closely with each individual community to identify tailored goals and interventions for maximum sustainability. A key to achieving a world with zero hunger is supporting communities to leverage their local natural resources.
Our Executive Vice President John Coonrod reiterates this message in his World Food Day statement:
“For the past thirty years, The Hunger Project has listened closely to women farmers and supported their initiatives to transform the system in which they live and produce. We have pioneered systematic methodologies that have proven successful, and we advocate for their widespread adoption.” – John Coonrod, Executive VP
Around the world, our work is fundamentally based on the knowledge that people living in conditions of poverty and hunger are the greatest resource and the true leaders of their own development.
- Locally built epicenter food banks in Africa provide storage for excess harvest and ensure the food security of our partners during off-seasons.
- Community members collaborate to develop sustainable income-generating activities, such as sewing projects in Mexico to cow-fattening projects in Bangladesh.
- Local agricultural experts partner with our community partners to facilitate improved farming practices that are both more sustainable and resilient to climate change.
Chronic hunger may be complex, but it is solvable. Join us and commit to creating a #ZeroHunger world TOGETHER on this World Food Day!
- Hunger is closely linked to women’s empowerment. Read Executive VP John Coonrod’s full #WFD2020 Statement on Medium to learn why.
- Hunger is on the rise. Read our response to the 2020 SOFI Report to learn what we’re doing about it.
- Most young people believe we can end world hunger! Read this special report from THP-Sweden (Swedish. English translation coming soon!)
- Our Global Board has declared a steadfast commitement to the end of hunger. Read their full declaration and join us in making your own!