6 Ways to Celebrate World Food Day and Support Family Farmers

Yogis know proper nutrition is key to their health and the planet's. But what if you couldn't afford the luxury of a balanced diet?

Yogis are careful about what they put in their bodies, knowing that proper nutrition is key to their health and the planet’s. But what if you couldn’t afford the luxury of a balanced diet?

Thursday, October 16th, is annual World Food Day (#WFD2014), which celebrates of the founding in 1945 of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). With this year’s theme, “Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth,” the FAO hopes to focus world attention on the significant role of family farming in eradicating hunger and poverty.

“Many family farmers lack access to good seeds, adequate storage for their crops, transportation, well-functioning markets, financing, and policy support,” according to World Food Day USA. “Supporting family farmers in these ways can improve productivity, reduce food losses and increase farmers’ incomes.” Family farmers also play a role in providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas, according to the FAO.

Of the estimated 805 million people worldwide who live with chronic hunger, many of them are family farmers, according to the FAO.

More startling hunger facts:

  • 60 percent of the world’s hungry are women.
  • Almost 5 million children under the age of 5 die of malnutrition-related causes every year.
  • 4 in 10 children in poor countries are malnourished, damaging their bodies and brains
  • Even in the U.S., one in seven Americans—14.3 percent—does not have enough to eat.

How is this possible, when the world produces enough food to feed every person on the planet?

Take Action

  • Join World Food Day USA in toasting the farmers that work hard to grow your food. Post a picture of yourself with your glass raised and include a personalized toast as your status or tweet on Facebook or Twitter with #ToastAFarmer, #WFD2014.
  • Host a World Food Day meal with your own family and friends. Learn more at Oxfam America.
  • Organize a meal packaging event for people in crisis.
  • Join a Hunger Walk near you.
  • Sign the Zero Hunger Challenge Declaration.
  • Host a FEED Supper with your own family and friends (#FEEDsupper).

For more ideas on how you can help the hungry, read 10 Ways to Give Love + Food.