This Wednesday the 16th of October saw the observation of World Food Day. This year's theme was 'Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition.'
So what is world food day all about? Well, it's an oppurtunity to foster awareness for the critical state our world is in regarding access to food. World Food day teaches us about issues in the developing world that relate specifically to food, this year's theme promoting the idea of a sustainable food supply being reliant on strong food systems.
Everyday more than 840 million people go hungry
The UN defines a strong food system as 'smarter approaches, policies and investments encompassing the environment, people, institutions and processes by which agricultural products are produced, processed and brought to consumers in a sustainable manner.' This means that there needs to be more investment in infrastructure that supports clean water and farming, as well as in education on these issues.
Here in Ghana we have been improving our food systems and are happy to see some positive changes:
Mr Clement Kofi Humado the Ghanaian Minister of Food and Agriculture has announced that Ghana is now self-sufficient in the production of most carbohydrate foods such as maize, cassava, yam, cocoyam, sweet potatoes and plantain. This is a great achievment for Ghana, with Mr Humando attributing the change to the result of prudent agricultural policies. An example of some of the changes occuring in Ghana include rehabiliting small dams, and extending irrigation systems, which communities rely on for water and farming. Unfortunately this is only a small step on the journey to ending hunger and malnutrition in the country, which ravishes specific pockets; including peri-urban areas such as our home here in Chorkor. Mr Humado advised that the root cause of hunger and malnutrition encompasses a broader economic, cultural and political environment, which we here at BASICS are combating through our very own feeding programme.
"Adressing hunger and malnutrition therefore requires intergrated action and complimentary interventions in agriculture, natural resource management, in public heal and education and in broader policy domains." Mr Clement Kofi Humando
What can you do to help?
One of the best ways you can help is to get educated. If you know about World Food Day and the issues effecting different areas of the world, it means so will your family and friends. Talk to you parents, siblings, friends, workmates, teachers, students, plumbers, postmans and pets! Drive change in your communities. If more people are aware of these issues more action can be taken. How much aid does your country provide for the developing world? Can you campaign with various groups in your council, city or state to increase the aid budget? Not only can you talk about these issues, but you can donate your money to specific BASICS' programmes. Our feeding programme addresses the issue of hunger in Chorkor directly and strives to educate the children at BASICS about nutrition as well as providing them a hearty meal; sometimes their only meal of the day.
We found our information from these websites: UN News centre, UN Statements, UN Information, Viasat