15 July 2019, New York - An estimated 820 million people did not have enough to eat in 2018, up from 811 million in the previous year, which is the third year of increase in a row, according to the latest annual State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI 2019) report. The report, launched at the UN High-Level Political Forum, underscores the immense challenge of achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger by 2030.
The pace of progress in halving the number of children who are stunted and in reducing the number of babies born with low birth weight is too slow, which also puts the SDG 2 nutrition targets further out of reach. At the same time, adding to these challenges, overweight and obesity continue to increase in all regions, particularly among school-age children and adults. The chances of being food insecure are higher for women than men in every continent, with the largest gap in Latin America.
"Our actions to tackle these troubling trends will have to be bolder, not only in scale but also in terms of multisectoral collaboration," the heads of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) urged in their joint foreword to the report.
Hunger is increasing in many countries where economic growth is lagging, particularly in middle-income countries and those that rely heavily on international primary commodity trade. The annual UN report also found that income inequality is rising in many of the countries where hunger is on the rise, making it even more difficult for the poor, vulnerable or marginalized to cope with economic slowdowns and downturns. Watch the launch.
End Hunger UK Week of Action is happening during the week of 11th - 18th October.
We are hoping that all around the country people who think that it is simply not right that so many are locked into food poverty will come together to raise awareness, put on events, and ask their MPs to take action.
You can organize something in your area any time over the Week, or come to London on Wednesday 16th October to take part in the Day of Action. Click here for more info.
Climate change is threatening the world's food supply, the United Nations warned, and the window to address that threat is closing rapidly.
The world’s land and water resources are being exploited at “unprecedented rates,” a new United Nations report warns, which combined with climate change is putting dire pressure on the ability of humanity to feed itself.
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Don't forget to submit your poems to the2019 World Food Day Poetry Competition by August 15th!
There's no submission fee. Cash prizes will be given for winning poems. You can submit one or two poems - published or unpublished. Adult poets in Washington, DC and the surrounding Counties are eligible.
See all the details at:
Hungering is an Irish initiative about hunger: "For Hungering, we asked poets to speak to us of their desires, their longings, their hunger – the new delicacies they’ve tasted in places far from home, or the comfort they’ve found in the flavours of home savoured far away. We asked for poems about hunger now, and the memory of past hunger that lingers in the gut". Find out more HERE
In recognition of the power of poetry to move hearts and minds, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO) Liaison Office for North America announces the second annual, World Food Day (WFD) Poetry Competition in Partnership with the Poetry X Hunger initiative.
You can find the details HERE:
Sistah Joy Alford, the County's Poet Laureate was moved to write the following poem affter she visited this website. Thanks to her for sharing her poem.
Please feel free to follow her lead! Send your hunger-focused poems to POETRYXHUNGER@gmail.com.
- by J. Joy “Sistah Joy” Matthews Alford
Hungry paid me a visit today
Knocked on my front door
Then came right in
Didn’t ask for permission
Made himself right at home
I tried to extend the courtesy of politeness
Despite the rude rumblin' sounds from inside me
Asked if he had someplace else he needed to be
Surely he could see my fine table setting
But hungry had no use for niceties
Threw my delicate doilies and
Linen napkins to the floor
Then reached right inside me
Twisted my gut
Fillin' me with such anguish and pain
I never thought would come my way
But here I sit in my kitchen
Between cabinet and refrigerator
Both as empty as my wallet
Echoes bouncin’ between each
As I wait 'n wonder when and where
I will next get somethin’ to eat.
J. Joy Matthews Alford, a.k.a. “Sistah Joy” was recently named the first Poet Laureate of Prince George’s County. Known for messages of social consciousness, inspiration and empowerment, she received the 2002 Poet Laureate Special Award from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities “for her outstanding contributions to the art of poetry in Washington, DC.” Sistah Joy produces and hosts the award-winning cable television program, Sojourn with Words, which has aired on CTV (Comcast Ch. 76, Verizon Ch. 42), the Prince George’s County local access station, since 2005.
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs has a weekly news round up that offers the latest developments in the food and agriculture sector. Here is one of the latest issues with a link to a new report "Managing Water for a Nutritious Food Future".
The Society for Creative Writing at Shepherd University aims to bring national and international poets, fiction, and non-fiction writers to Shepherd University in order to encourage literary dialogue and to expose students and community members to professionals in the writing field. We are partnering with the Shepherd University Foundation and the Shepherd Entrepreneurship and Research Corporation (SERC), a non-profit corporation at Shepherd University:
Knitters against food poverty!This story comes from the UK:
"Last weekend, folk in Crediton, Devon, woke up to the first day of Credfest, their local community festival, to find that their square was festooned with hand-knitted bunting, fruit, veg and even Cornish pasties – it had been ‘yarn bombed’ by people wanting to raise awareness of food poverty both locally and nationally." You can see more pics and read more about it in this blog.