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Blog Action Day 2011 – Food

16 Oct

Today is World Food Day, it is also Blog Action Day. Food is the topic for Blog Action Day this year.

I live in a country where there is an abundance of food. I can pretty much eat whatever takes my fancy, whenever I want. Food from all different countries. Sweet food, savoury food. Healthy food, junk food. Fresh fruit and vegetables. There are a variety of different grocery stores in my town that I can go and shop from and most are open twenty four hours for six days of the week.

Here’s a confession, I often throw food away that I have bought because it has gone past it use by date and we didn’t get around to eating it. Daily food goes in the garbage (actually compost bin) because someone didn’t finish their sandwich, apple, baked potato – you get the picture. I know many of you reading will do the same yourselves in your homes.

Fast food chains and some grocery stores in the country I live in, would rather throw uneaten food away in dumpsters, than donate it to soup kitchens or homeless shelters. This is not right.

Thousands of miles away mothers are watching their children die because there is a famine. This famine is caused by no rains, the inability to grow crops etc, but it was predicted before it happened and world leaders stood by and did nothing. Even now the media would rather report on a celebrity couple divorcing than the thousands that are dying in the Horn of Africa. Why? Probably, because it doesn’t affect us. We have food. It is Africa afterall. They have famines. It is a poor continent.

The thing is, whether Africa has famines or not, there is an abundance of food in this world. There is more than enough to go around. We could have helped eleviate the effects of this famine, far sooner than we have. We could have helped to save more lives than we have. But, as the ONE Campaign’s recent advertisement shows us, famine is the F-word.

Outside of the Horn of Africa famine, there are approximately 925 million people do not have enough to eat — more than the populations of USA, Canada and the European Union combined. 98% of the world’s undernourished people live in developing countries. Two-thirds of the world’s hungry live in just 7 countries: Bangladesh, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia and Pakistan (Source: The Hunger Project).

Poverty is the main reason for hunger. Food prices are constantly rising at the moment and that makes the situation even worse for those living on less than $1.25 a day. It’s a vicious circle when you are hungry, as you often get ill and can’t work to earn money for the food so desperately needed. Children miss school, if they are lucky enough to go in the first place. The video below shows what an Ethiopian can buy for $1 a day. Bear in mind though, the other costs people have, other than food costs.

A Dollar A Day – Ethiopia | WFP | United Nations World Food Programme – Fighting Hunger Worldwide.

Tonight, almost 1 billion people around the world will go to bed with familiar hunger pangs. In 2011, we have the ability to stop this. We just need to be motivated enough to do it.

The F Word: Famine is the Real Obscenity

9 Oct

Please read the information below from the ONE Campaign and click on the link at the bottom to sign the petition. At the time of publishing this post, ONE have received 95% of their target signatures – help them get to 100% and end this senseless famine in the Horn of Africa.

Drought is inevitable, but famine is not. The current crisis in the Horn of Africa is the result of a tragic combination of factors that are man-made, including abnormally high food prices, lack of governance and security in Somalia, and a historic lack of investment in long-term agricultural development in the Horn. Over the past few years, we lost the political will and public support necessary to prevent the famine – and its causes. As a consequence, tens of thousands of children have died.

We have also missed the opportunity to help 200 million people from poor farming families lift themselves out of poverty. Communities in Africa can cope with droughts and natural disasters. But we need donors to put resources toward seeds, irrigation and teaching farmers new growing techniques. We need leaders to invest in early warning systems and national social safety net programs.

Congress can help keep our commitment to farmers in developing countries by fully funding Feed the Future— a life-changing USAID initiative that is investing in long-term agricultural development and could help put an end to famine for good.

Please sign our petition to Congress calling on them to fund this vital program:

http://act.one.org/sign/hungry_no_more_us?referring_akid=.5457599.eXimHV

Thank you!

ONE Moms Update

8 Aug

The ONE Moms have been home for a week now. They have all been reflecting on what they saw, learned and brought back from Kenya on the ONE blog. You can view all the posts here.  Cooper Munroe’s post from today has a beautiful poem at the end of it, by a Ugandan woman called Birgundi Ives. The poem is called Her Story. It is about the importance of listening to African women. Please stop by and read it.

If you haven’t signed up to support the ONE Campaign yet, then please, please, please, please, PLEASE do. It’s just a matter of filling in your name and email address, it takes no more than thirty seconds to do. Here is the link! We all have a voice, let’s use it.

Not sure what to do about the Horn of Africa crisis? ONE has a campaign plus information about NGO’s and International Organizations already on the ground in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.

ONE Moms Kenya Day 5

30 Jul

The ONE Moms have reached the end of their time in Kenya. Todays action is to sign the ONE petition calling on leaders to urgently provide funding to the people of the  Horn of Africa, who are suffering their worst drought in 60 years. Around 10 million are in desperate need of food, clean water and basic sanitation. You can sign the petition here.

ONE Moms spent yesterday meeting with women farmers in Kenya.

Here are some of their blog entries:

Rachel Fox – The Strength of Community

Shayne Moore – Mama is in Charge of All the Money

Karen Walrond – On Feed the Future and Unexpected Pride

I round of this week going to see U2 tonight in Moncton for their last show of their North American tour. Kind of surreal going to see them tonight after following ONE this week …..

ONE Moms Kenya Day Four

29 Jul

The ONE Moms bloggers have been spending time with women entrepreneurs in Karen, Kenya. These women are building into their communities and providing opportunities for others.

Today’s action is to share ONE’s report “Africa’s Future is Female” ONE state “If the world is serious about tackling extreme poverty and disease, then it’s time to step up our investment in Africa’s women and girls. It’s time to make a change.” Please read this report, it doesn’t take long to read and is full of really helpful information. Sadly, I’m quite familiar with the statistics to do with HIV, child-birth, education etc. The thing that surprised me the most in this report, that I did not know before, is that women make up the majority of farmers in Africa and produce 80% of the continents food. However, they receive less than 10% of the farm credits and own just 1% of the land.

What one thing has surprised you in this report? Using hashtag #ONEMoms share this on Twitter, or leave a comment below.

The ONE Moms bloggers are nearing the end of their time in Kenya, read their thoughts from day four below. There are some really excellent blog entries, please take time to read them if you can.

Rachel Fox – Together we are Transformed – an encouraging post about Amani Ya Juu

Emily McKhann - Sacrificing for Success

Emily McKhann – An Unforgettable Birthday – Emily celebrated her birthday in Kenya this week!

Cooper Munroe - Follow Friday #FF – links to organisations the ONE Moms have learned from and got to know.

Jennifer James - Women Enterprise at Dunga Beach in Kisumu, Kenya – about commercial sex workers and how USAid has changed their lives.

Jyl Pattee –  Eye Shadow Helps Bridge Socio-Economic Differences in Kenyan Slum – about Carolina for Kibera, an organisation whose purpose is to “advance health, education, and ethnic cooperation, gender equality, and economic empowerment, and equip leaders with tools to strengthen the community.”

Amy Graff - The Most Beautiful Girls in the World – also about Carolina for Kibera

Lindsay Maines - Entrepreneurs in Kenya are the Future – an excellent informative post about various organisations in Kenya.

Shayne Moore – The Wild, Wild World of Kibera – the people of Kibera need us to go to them and change their world.

Karen Roland – On Community and Shedding Light – enlightening post about Carolina for Kibera

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