When World Food Day comes along, it’s easy to dismiss it. It can sound like many other days - World Television Day, The International day of Yoga. They seem sort of nice, but ultimately not very important.
Food is great, we think, everyone likes food… but do we really need an official day to celebrate it?
In doing that though, we miss the point. Because not everyone has the same food security that we enjoy in the UK.
Across the world, there are millions of people who are wondering where their next meal is going to come from - people sacrificing their own nutrition to feed their children… and even then coming up short.
This is not a day of celebration, but one of realisation. It’s a day to remind yourself that in the fight against poverty, against hunger… the job isn’t nearly done.
There are many facts and figures around this issue, but some really catch our attention…
- Smallholder farmers grow 70% of the world’s food but make up 50% of the world’s hungriest people.
- Women grow half of the world’s food and as much as 80-90% of the food in Sub-Saharan Africa.
It’s no surprise then, that in the fight against poverty, Traidcraft works with producer groups that support smallholder farmers and empower women – it’s a fundamental part of our strategy.
We love to work with organisations like Black Mamba – who are helping the Chilli Growing Grandmas feed and educate their families in Swaziland.
We’re proud to have improved food security and quality of life for hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers through our development work. We’ve empowered them to grow more, earn more and eat more – and we’re pressing ahead to help even more families do the same.
In fact, we’ll keep going until we see a world free from hunger, and free from poverty.
We’d love for you to join us in that mission. It’s really simple to get involved…
But whatever you do, don’t let World Food Day pass you by.
Because it's not about celebrating the wonders of gourmet cooking, or visiting your nearest Michelin starred restaurant... it's about remembering that not everyone has enough food, and then doing something about it.