World Food Day 2013: How to help end hunger
October 16th, 2013
02:45 AM ET
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According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 165 million children under the age of five are so malnourished they will never reach their full physical and cognitive potential.

About 2 billion people in the world lack vitamins and minerals that are essential for good health, and around 1.4 billion are overweight - one third of them, obese. Children born to parents suffering from these forms of malnutrition start out with a higher risk of impairment from birth and illness later in life.

Poverty is handed down from generation to generation. Now it's time to stop the cycle.

October 16 is the FAO's annual World Food Day, and the organization is seeking to heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world and stimulate discussions for solutions.

The theme for 2013 is “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition,” and while the scope of that might seem daunting to the average diner, it's easy to make a difference, even from the comfort of your own community.

The FAO suggests:

– Hosting a World Food Day meal
Oxfam has great tips for shopping for and preparing a meal that supports local farmers, as well as conversation starters that will help you and your guests get to the root of who is producing the food you eat.

– Growing a garden
Food pantries struggle to keep fresh food on the shelves. You can help keep them stocked with bounty from your own home garden. No time, no sun, no space? Here's how to get past all the excuses and obstacles.

Need more inspiration? Meet the CNN Hero who created an oasis in a Southern 'food desert.'

– Eliminating food waste
A recent study by the UK-based Institution of Mechanical Engineers revealed that 30–50% or 1.2-2 billion metric tonnes (that's about 2.6-4.4 trillion pounds for those of us not on the metric system) of all food produced on the planet is lost before reaching a human stomach. There are plenty of factors at play – including large portions of edible crops being rejected because they're not physically attractive enough, problems in the supply chain and inefficient harvesting – but perhaps it's time to consider that your own kitchen might be part of the problem. Fix that in four easy steps.

– Connecting online
World Food Day USA and Canada on Facebook
World Food Day Hangout #WFD2013 on Google+
World Food Day website
@FAOWFD and #wfd2013 on Twitter

Get more World Food Day Action tips at and feed your head with the links below.


– Living on food stamps and charitable assistance

The food stamp challenge results: eating on $30 a week
Could you live on $30 a week?
5 Shocking statistics about hunger
Witnesses to Hunger: A portrait of food insecurity in America
Childhood malnutrition has long lasting effects
"A time of record need" for food insecure
Lawmakers eat on a food stamp budget
Food stamp cuts a cruel proposal

– School meals as a lifeline

Study finds school breakfast is a key to future success
Hungry at the holidays
When school's out for summer, stomachs grumble
In Kenya, when school is out, children face starvation
Feeding "motel kids"

– Celebrity chefs pitching in

Jose Andres: Why chefs should be leaders in the discussion on hunger
Tom Colicchio talks childhood hunger
Eric Ripert - Feeding the needy with fancy fish
Michel Nischan talks fixing a broken food system and helping out fishing families in the Gulf

– Starvation in Mali and Somalia

How the hunger happened
What starvation feels like
The funny sounding nut paste that's saving children's lives in Somalia
"Feed the world's children. This, we should be able to do."

Catch up on all Eatocracy coverage of hunger and food deserts

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  1. chefsoundar

    Reblogged this on chefsoundar.

    October 17, 2013 at 2:24 am |
  2. jppublicist

    Reblogged this on Jacqueline Petty's blog and commented:
    Happy World Food Day! There are a number of ways we all can pitch in to end world hunger. I would love to start growing a garden.

    October 16, 2013 at 10:21 pm |
  3. Judith Pryor

    Thank you for helping drive the very important conversation of global hunger and World Food Day. Lack of access to food impacts millions of people worldwide each and every year. Although great progress has been made, there is still work to be done. OPIC (Overseas Private Investment Corporation) works to improve these problems in many ways and is a part of the U.S. Feed the future initiative. Read more about OPIC’s investment in solving issues related to World Food Day here:

    October 16, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
  4. Borderline Collie

    Ok, and now for the REAL solutions:

    1) Curb (over)breeding. Birth control, including long term implants and sterilization should be freely available to all and heavily promoted among the poor. A basic income guarantee for sterilization program would be a very efficient and humane way to quickly and drastically reduce not just hunger and poverty, but also overpopulation, crime, war, disease, environmental damage etc.

    2) Automate & streamline the means of production. Replace (wasteful, barbaric) animal meat with mass produced in vitro meat, and (inefficient) traditional farms with automated greenhouses using hydro & aeroponics and other advanced cultivation techniques.

    3) Develop more efficient GM foods outside the toxic framework of capitalism.

    4) [advanced] Implement a global resource based economy.

    As always, the only real solutions are technological solutions, everything else is just background noise.

    October 16, 2013 at 11:27 am |
    • Truth™@Borderline Collie

      I have long been a fan of this...

      October 16, 2013 at 1:34 pm |
    • JellyBean

      "heavily promoted among the poor." Why single out the poor? Why not heavily promote sterilization to everyone?

      October 16, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
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