World Food Day

In case you did not know, yesterday was World Food Day, coinciding with this year’s Blog Action Day. This post comes a day late; but it is never too late to highlight issues that have to do with food.

I think it is Wangari Maathai that said, “Mother nature causes drought; governments cause famine.”

I thought for a long about what to write. The perpetual famines that rock Africa, yet we have the capacity to produce and export food. The corrupt governments that rule us contribute much to our food insecurity. The multitude of NGOs that benefit from the so called ‘aid-work’, I mean if there is no one who needs rescuing, then there is no hero! The photographers who look for the skinniest and sorriest looking people so they can take that award winning picture. The photographers whose hearts break and they live haunted by the images of hunger they see.

In the end I have decided to keep this post short. I will write about my idea world, which is not so hard to achieve. I want a world where nobody sleeps hungry, ever. A world where the basic necessities like food & water, clothing, shelter, basic education are rights and not privileges. It doesn’t matter where on earth one is born, they are guaranteed these basic necessities. Human dignity is restored. No one has to shove a camera in a starving person’s face to evoke the emotion of the world for some alms to feed the poor.

This is my ideal world and I hope we can all work towards it.

Blog Action Day 2011

Since 2007, Blog Action Day has invited bloggers from around the world to blog about one important global topic on the same day. Past topics have included water, climate change and poverty, and over 10,000 bloggers have participated.

The goal: First and last, the purpose of Blog Action Day is to create a discussion. To ask bloggers to take a single day out of their schedule and focus it on an important issue.

By doing so on the same day, the blogging community effectively changes the conversation on the web and focuses audiences around the globe on that issue. Their hope is that out of this discussion naturally flow ideas, advice, plans, and action.

This year, Blog Action Day will be held on October 16, which coincides with World Food Day, so the theme is FOOD!

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Why Food? We use food to mark times of celebration and sorrow. Lack of access to food causes devastating famines, whilst too much is causing a generation of new health problems. It can cost the world, or be too cheap for farmers to make a living.

Food is important to our culture, identity and daily sustenance and the team at Blog Action invite you to join them to talk about it.

To take part in Blog Action Day all you need to do is register your blog by clicking on this link and then on October 16, 2011, post your blog about food with the #BAD11 tag

For more info you can check out their Facebook, Twitter or their Blog.

I have already registered.. I lead the way (I’ve always wanted to say that!) Happy blogging people!