Here's another clear discussion about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hunger and the overall US food system from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, CSIS. Read more HERE.
WRI's Champions Program
World Resources Institute, WRI, is a global research organization that works at the nexus of the environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. One of their programs focuses on food and has a project called Champions 12.3. This coalition is dedicated to inspiring ambition, mobilizing action, and accelerating progress toward achieving SDG Target 12.3 by 2030 — cutting in half per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer level, and reducing food losses along production and supply chains by 2030.
World bee day!
Bees play an crucial role in food production -- and, thus, in preventing hunger. Here's information about a UNFAO initiative to praise bees through poetry!
The following resources FAO were prepared for World Bee Day, especially the #Bee-inspired poetry!
· Bee Day Video to celebrate our unsung #FoodHeroes – bees and beekeepers!
o English: https://twitter.com/FAO/status/1263007945224343552
· #BEE-inspired - To mark this special Day, we asked some well-known figures to record poems related to bees or beekeeping, or poems that recall how the behaviour of bees so often mirrors that of human beings across our planet. Here are the links to the posts/poems!
o French actress Juliette Binoche reading Louise-Victorine Ackerman’s poem “L’Abeille” (in French - Twitter)
o French actor Lambert Wilson reading Khalil Gibran's “The Prophet” (in English – Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) and Pierre de Ronsard’s poem “L’Amour pique par une Abeille” (in French – Twitter)
o Chinese singer TAN Weiwei reading Qianqi's “To the bee with honey spleen” (in Chinese - Weibo)
o Russian actor Sergey Chonishvili reading XVIII-XX century Russian poetry dedicated to bees (in Russian - Twitter)
o Italian actor Leo Gullotta reading Giovanni Meli's “Dimmi, dimmi, apuzza nica” (in Italian - Twitter)
o Lebanese media professional Darine El-Khatib reading Ahmad Shawqi’s poem "Bee Kingdom" (in Arabic – Twitter, Facebook target post)
o Mexican chef Alfredo Oropeza reading Antonio Machado's “Anoche cuando dormia” (in Spanish - YouTube)
o Brazilian chef and TV host Bela Gil reading Renata Magliano Marins' “Homage to Bees” (in Portuguese - Facebook target post)
Split the Rock Poetry Workshop
Hiram Larew, PoetryXHunger Founder, be facilitating a Split This Rock-hosted workshop this evening of about 12 poets. He will be encouraging the poets to write about hunger.
FAO's Congressional webinar
Here is the Congressional webinar briefing recording on The Coming Crisis: Preventing a Hunger Catastrophe amid COVID-19.
We hope you enjoyed the session, which was cohosted by FAO North America and the Alliance to End Hunger, in conjunction with the House and Senate Hunger Caucuses. Please find a link to the event recording below, and the presentations attached.
Webinar Recording: https://bit.ly/2LKdK02
Learn more about the 2020 Global Report on Food Crises: http://www.fightfoodcrises.net/
Visit our website to learn more about our upcoming webinar sessions: fao.org/north-america
Here's the website for anyone who want to register for the virtual BIFAD meeting on June 4. The meeting will focus on the impact of the pandemic on food security and nutrition in developing countries.
High-level food security webinar
Here's notice of an important online meeting about the pandemic and its expected impacts on worldwide hunger.
The Coming Crisis: Preventing a Hunger Catastrophe amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
FAO Director-General QU Dongyu
and IFPRI Director-General Johan Swinnen
Register here: https://fao.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0vf-qgqT0vHtClV6f2VJkXFgNv7axFsEfk
Here's a sobering note in an e-newsletter from Andrew Schwartz of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He cites a recent article in the New York Times by Jason DeParle about the very high rate of pandemic-caused childhood hunger in the U.S.
1 In 5 Children HungryResearch released Wednesday shows a rise in food insecurity without modern precedent. Nearly a fifth of young children are not getting enough to eat, according to surveys of their mothers by the Brookings Institution. The rate is three times higher than in 2008, at the worst of the Great Recession, reports Jason DeParle of the NYT.
Check out this upcoming virtual event: https://sites.google.com/view/alison-bixby-stone-school-wfp
Aaron R., the Winner of 2018 World Food Day Poetry Competition by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and a PoetryXHunger Initiative is going to be among the speakers!
For over 25 years Fotokids (https://fotokidsoriginal.org/about/), originally called Out of the Dump, has worked in Guatemala as a non-profit organization breaking the cycle of poverty through training in visual arts and technology. Over the years, the project has grown to provide services to children from poverty- and violence-stricken communities around the country. Today, Fotokids provides services to more than 215 children, aged nine to 23, located in six communities in Guatemala, and more recently in the Central Valley of California working with children of farmworkers.
Here is a "white flag" note from a recent Fotokids fundraising e-newsletter about hunger that may move poets to pick up the pen...
Many families in Guatemala are hanging white flags on their doors to ask for food. In a country where 59% live in poverty and most make less than $5 a day we [Fotokids] are using some of our resources to provide food baskets for our neediest families.
You can find out how to help on the organization's webpage: https://fotokidsoriginal.org/
You can also use this story as a prompt if you would like to respond to our Call to Action: https://www.poetryxhunger.com/now-more-than-ever.html
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