Anti-Hunger petition and project
The theme of this year’s World Food Day - marked on 16 October, but resulting in action well beyond that date - is "United against hunger".
The idea is to recognise and support a whole raft of initiatives in the fight against world hunger at national, regional and international levels.
The pledge "becomes real when state and civil society organisations and the private sector work in partnership at all levels to defeat hunger, extreme poverty and malnutrition", says WFD.
In 2009, the critical threshold of one billion hungry people in the world was reached in part due to soaring food prices and the financial crisis, a “tragic achievement in these modern days", according to FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf.
On the eve of the recent hunger summit, Dr Diouf launched an online petition to reflect the moral outrage of the situation, and to urge governments and politicians to act.
The '1 billion hungry project' reaches out to people through online social media and invites them to sign the anti-hunger petition at www.1billionhungry.org.
"With willpower, courage and persistence – and many players working together and helping each other – more food can be produced, more sustainably, and get into the mouths of those who need it most," say World Food Day's organisers.
Simon Barrow is co-director of Ekklesia.
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