Today is World Food Day.Â This special dayÂ has beenÂ celebrated each October 16Â since 1945 when the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was founded.
The FAO theme for this year is â€œInvesting in agriculture and food security.â€Â Â Gawain Kripke is aÂ senior policy advisor and describes why this day is important.
â€œWorld Food Day is an occasion to remember that there are hundreds of millions of people who simply do not have enough to eat, and it is within our capabilities to feed everyone in the world. It is a tragedy, a human tragedy, a moral tragedy that people are hungry in this day and age,â€ Kripke said.
According to a “hunger map” most of the world’s hungry are in Africa.
â€œHunger is one of main challenges that the United Nations and the countries of the world have identified as a Millennium Challenge goal. We want to cut the amount of hunger inn the world. And unfortunately, many places are succeeding in reducing hunger, but in Africa the trend is in the opposite direction.
“Approximately one-third of Sub-Saharan African people have too little eat or not the right food to eat. So this is a real problem and a challenge to humanity, and especially to rich countries who need to develop new strategies to make sure that people donâ€™t go hungry,â€ Kripke said.
â€œItâ€™s very important that we think about hunger not of a lack of food but a lack of resources because we do provide for hungry people, countries like the United States provide food aid. But thatâ€™s only a stopgap measure. Itâ€™s a temporary measure. In the end, people need to be able to feed themselves. They need resources. They need land, tools, and they need the capacity to create food and economic security and pull themselves out of poverty. Too much of our aid is focused on dealing with emergencies. We need to spend more money on empowering people so they can feed themselves and pull themselves out of poverty,â€ Kripke said.
It’s a sad thing to think of that while we’re buying our kitchen gadgets, people out there are starving.Â To make donations, please see your local Red Cross or check out this list of Hunger Relief organizations here.