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.
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.
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
Here's a late-March 2020 article by the folks at Feeding America with projected levels of increased food insecurity caused by the pandemic:
Three scenarios are described that, depending on the level of job losses, could mean that 4 - 17 million more Americans will be food insecure compared to pre-pandemic levels of 37 million -- it all depends on the extent of job/income losses.
Hiram LarewWed, Apr 22, 11:17 AM (1 day ago)
Global report on food crises is now out: https://www.fsinplatform.org/global-report-food-crises-2020
The 2020 edition of The Global Report on Food Crises describes the scale of acute hunger in the world. It provides an analysis of the drivers that are contributing to food crises across the globe, and examines how the COVID-19 pandemic might contribute to their perpetuation or deterioration. The report is produced by the Global Network against Food Crises, an international alliance working to address the root causes of extreme hunger.
A recent article by Roger Thurow about how the pandemic has showcased hunger in America.
Here's a note from a daily newsletter called The Hill. This particular email focuses on food that's being wasted during the pandemic.
Here's notice of early concerns over possible food shortages around the world in the wake of the health crisis:
The Global Food Security Program presents an
Are We Heading toward
Another Global Food Price Crisis? Friday, April 17, 202010:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.Center for Strategic & International Studies
Here is the link to the event: https://www.csis.org/events/online-event-are-we-heading-toward-another-global-food-price-crisis?utm_source=CSIS%20All&utm_campaign=7cab745f68-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_04_09_02_09&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f326fc46b6-7cab745f68-144498349
Here's another important appeal from the Maryland Food Bank. Similar appeals from other foodbanks across the country are underway. As the pandemic leads to greater levels of hunger, we are all called upon to pitch in. If you can, please donate. And, if you can write a poem about pandemic-caused hunger, in the Now More than Ever mode, please send it to PoetryXHunger@gmail.com so that we can post it on this website
While food security may not be directly addressed in this webinar, the general points that will be discussed will affect -- and be affected by -- food security:
Poetry X Hunger
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