This is an timely update to the post I did earlier on World Food Day. The video came from the folks at ONE
To commemorate World Food Day, the State Department released this excellent video about global food security– the challenges and the opportunities.
I added it with what got from the Oxfam folks.
Today is World Food Day.
It's a sobering moment to consider the impact that hunger has on more than one billion women, men, and children worldwide.
But it can also be an empowering moment. Because we CAN reduce hunger and poverty by working together with poor communities – and by demanding action from our leaders in Congress.
No one should have to go to sleep hungry.
At least 70% of the world's poor people depend on agriculture for their livelihoods – but climate change, rising food prices, and unfair trade rules present extreme challenges to millions of small farmers.
The Global Food Security Act, along with a new global hunger initiative from President Obama, are decisive steps in the right direction.
These proposals would provide critical resources for investing in agriculture and rural livelihoods – which are both key to reducing poverty.
With broad Congressional support, we can invest more – and more wisely – in local agriculture. We can help small farmers find sustainable and innovative ways to rebuild their livelihoods.
Together we can empower millions.
Raymond C. Offenheiser
Oxfam America Advocacy Fund
Learn more about hunger and the food crisis by visiting the Oxfam information hub and action center here.Here is the introduction to my letter to Representative Miller.
I urge you to co-sponsor H.R. 3077, the Global Food Security Act of 2009, sponsored by Congresswoman Betty McCollum of Minnesota. H.R. 3077 would enhance developing nations' ability to respond to future food crises and prevent millions more from falling into poverty and hunger. On this day of all days, World Food Day would be the right time to show your support for this essential effort.