Today is Blog Action Day 2011. It is also World Food Day. This year's theme for Blog Action Day is Food. Bloggers all over the world are writing about this one theme, from their own unique perspective. To find out more, visit the Blog Action Day website. Read more of our Blog Action Day posts on Heifer Blog here.
Happy World Food Day, everyone.
When you have plenty, food is something to celebrate. For those who lack enough, however, it can be a daily struggle. Food security is defined by the World Health Organization as existing "when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life." Before Heifer enters the picture, our project participants are food insecure. When you're food insecure, you might have enough food to feed your family breakfast and lunch, but not dinner. You might have enough food for your children, but not yourself. You might have enough food five days a week, but not seven; or during the harvest months, but not the thin months.
Food insecurity is scary, and there are many factors that contribute to the situation. A significant factor that has been getting a lot of attention lately is the rising cost of food. That's the theme for this year's World Food Day: Food Prices–From Crisis to Stability. Today we are called to "look seriously at what causes swings in food prices, and do what needs to be done to reduce their impact on the weakest members of global society."
Those weakest members of society? Those are Heifer's participants. At least, that's one way to describe them before they receive their gifts of training and livestock. Our work can play a big role in helping families protect themselves against the negative impacts of volatile food prices. Because when you're empowered to grow much of the food your family needs, you're way less reliant on the global–and even local–food economy. That's just as true here in the United States, but it's strikingly more significant in developing countries, which account for 98 percent of the world's 925 million hungry people in 2010.
What do you think? What else can be done to reduce the impact of rising food costs on the poor and hungry?
Today is also Blog Action Day, which has the appropriate theme of Food this year. Stay tuned here on Heifer Blog for a series of posts by some of our own Heifer staff with their thoughts on food.