World Food Day – October 16, 2016
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) created World Food Day to commemorate its founding in Quebec City, October 16, 1945. The goal of the FAO is to free humanity from hunger and malnutrition, and to effectively manage the global food system. World Food Day events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and help strengthen the link between agriculture and food security.
-Although significant gains have been made in reducing the number of hungry people in the world over the last ten years, one in nine people are still hungry (around 8 million);
-Around 70% of hungry people are farmers, and women make up 43% of the agricultural labour force in developing countries;
-10-20% more people could face increased hunger due to the impact of climate change;
-Canada’s support for agricultural development has dropped by 30% over the last five years.
There is good news for those who Hunger for Justice! Increased support for small-scale farmers offers a significant opportunity to reduce global hunger. This package of resources is designed to help your congregation pray, give, learn, and advocate in support of the Foodgrains Bank’s Good Soil campaign—supporting small-scale farmers.