10/16/2012 09:12 am ET Updated Oct 16, 2012

World Food Day 2012 Reminder: Enough Resources Exist To Feed World's Hungry (PLUS: 5 Ways To Help)


One in seven people suffer from undernourishment -- yet there are enough resources to feed the world’s hungry. This year’s World Food Day highlights this staggering statistic and sees a solution in small farmers.

With nearly 900 million hungry people in the world today and 70 percent of them living in rural areas, organizations that strengthen agricultural practices are paramount to ending world hunger.

Consider taking action on this World Food Day by helping a hungry family, aid a struggling farmer or empower rural communities attain food independence.

World Food Program
The World Food Program, the world’s largest humanitarian agency that fights global hunger, uses the voice of 13-year-old Molly as a lens into the organization's initiatives for World Food Day. Molly, who lives in the Mathare slum in Nairobi, Kenya and receives free meals from WFP, was given a flip camera where she documented her daily life. In the video made for World Food Day, Molly shows viewers her home, crowded school, friends, and food she receives every day. Learn more here.

Oxfam launched it’s second annual #GrowWeek on October 15, the day before World Food Day. Emphasizing food itself and the land where it’s produced, World Food Day dinners will be hosted across America as well as land grab stunts, cooking competitions and festivals worldwide. Learn more here.

Care, an organization seeking to end global poverty, has several programs in place that empower local communities to pursue sustainable farming, income diversification and resilience building. The organization uses community-based approaches like introducing new farming techniques for rising temperatures to combat the effects of climate change.
Learn more here.

Save The Children
Save The Children has several programs that aim at improving food supply, farming techniques and finances for rural families worldwide. The organization’s World Food Day webpage allows viewers to track Save the Children’s initiatives, read testimonials and research studies on their work.
Learn more here.

World Vision
World Vision, an organization dedicated to both emergency and long-term solutions for food sustainability and independence, shares the story of baby Marie from Mali -- a malnourished infant who was saved by one of World Vision's health clinics. Other life-saving World Vision programs include: emergency food aid, agricultural assistance, nutritional training and support, and medical care in hunger-stricken areas like Mali.
Learn more here.



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