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    *** World Food Day ***

    Um Safia
    Sun Oct 05, 2008 7:27 pm
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    What is World Food Day?

    World Food Day is celebrated every year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 1945. World Food Day aims to heighten public awareness of the plight of the world's hungry and malnourished and to encourage people worldwide to take action against hunger. More than 150 countries observe this event every year. In the United States, 450 national, private voluntary organizations sponsor World Food Day, and local groups are active in almost every community. First observed in 1981, each year World Food Day highlights a particular theme on which to focus activities.

    Food is a basic human right, yet around 800 million people in the world still go hungry every day.

    Click here to donate 1.1 cups of food each time you click (free!)

    Rarely has World Food Day assumed greater meaning than at the present time, as rapidly rising food prices risk increasing the number of hungry people, notes FAO’s Chief of World Food Day events, Sidaty Aidara.

    World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy is the theme of this year’s World Food Day on 16 October, the day that FAO was founded in Quebec City in 1945, and now observed annually in some 150 countries.

    With the number of undernourished people currently estimated at more than 850 million, high food prices are not only putting at greater risk the hungry but those also on the brink of poverty.

    The implications of soaring food prices and related issues were considered at the recent High-level Conference on World Food Security, involving the UN Secretary-General, 181 governments and 41 Heads of State or Government, that took place at FAO headquarters from 3 to 5 June.

    Last December, FAO also launched an Initiative on Soaring Food Prices, to help farmers in some of the poorest countries through the provision of seeds, fertilizers, and other tools they need to boost agricultural production for the coming planting seasons through 2009.

    WFD activities aim at expanding global awareness in an effort to reduce the effects of increasingly severe climate patterns on agriculture and the impact of biofuels on food production.

    In connection with World Food Day, from 14 to 17 October 2008, FAO will host the Committee on World Food Security to assess the current global food situation and implications for the future. During the meeting, special events will also be organized to consider specifically, the impact of high food prices on nutrition and the theme of high prices, food security issues and policy responses.

    The official World Food Day ceremony at FAO headquarters will take place on 16 October in the presence of member countries, civil society and for the first time involving representatives from the European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) and the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF).

    EPFL and CAF are working with FAO as part of a United Nations effort to promote sport for development and peace through a partnership to launch and promote a campaign called “Professional football against hunger".

    Among the many World Food Day and TeleFood events are symposia, Roundtable discussions, concerts and an annual teleConference on world food issues.

    Other events include the special WFD ceremony at United Nations headquarters in New York on 17 October; the third annual Run-for-Food event being held in the city of Rome on 19 October and expected to involve over 4000 participants; and a worldwide Candlelight Vigil on 21 October, both events taking place both in Rome and in other countries around the world.

    Useful Websites:

    Action Against Hunger

    The Hunger Site



    Friends of The World Food Program

    Africa Aid

    Action Centre to End World Hunger

    Stand Against Poverty

    Hunger & poverty are rife in the countries that make up the NA*ME area. They are also a bigger problem than most of us realise in our own country.

    So, what will you be doing to mark this years World Food Day?

    Myself & some friends will be holding a NA*ME bakesale, selling the following:

    Arabic Cardamom Shortbread (Gorayba)

    Baklawa - Syrian Version of Baklava

    Traditional Algerian Baklawa / Baklava - Family Recipe

    Makrout a Louz - Algerian Almond Cakes

    Lebanese Walnut Cookies

    Ghoraybeh (lebanese Shortbread Cookies)

    Iraqi Cardamom Cookies (Hadgi Badah)

    Sara's Date and Nut Slices

    Algerian Mchewek - My Traditional Family Recipe!


    Moroccan Cinnamon Cookies (Mantecados)

    Moroccan Gazelle Horns (Kab El Ghzal) (Cornes De Gazelle)

    Nan-E Gerdui - Traditional Persian Walnut Cookies

    Plus a few more from our own recipe collections!

    You could do something similar. icon_wink.gif Or perhaps you could do something else to raise awareness &/or money for World Food Day. It would be a nice idea to volunteer at the local soup kitchens or to donate food to a hostel near you.

    Mon Oct 13, 2008 8:49 pm
    Forum Host
    Woowoo this is awesome! I clicked a BUNCH of times to donate food. I'll revisit later - I just had dinner & I'm soooo stuffed that looking at recipes is painful, lol. Well done, Rezika!!
    Um Safia
    Tue Oct 14, 2008 4:00 am
    Forum Host
    Thanks Bethie! icon_biggrin.gif

    I saved the food donation to my desktop so I click everytime I start the 'puter or shut it down or browse through all my desktop junk!

    We've got almost all the baking out of the way now for Thursday....I'm hoping the day will be a success.

    How are you feeling now, I heard you've been bit under the weather?

    Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:45 am
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    It passed. I think I'm falling apart under mental stress. I slept for nearly 18 hours straight Saturday afternoon - Sunday morning!

    Off for a few clicks....
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