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What You Can Do to Celebrate World Food Day

Global food instability is a complex issue. Factors such as poverty, food prices, climate change, food distribution, smallholder farmers, women farmers, crude oil, fertilizers, plant varieties, pest management, irrigation, and even armed conflicts affect people’s access to food. That is why even in 2012 one billion people still go to bed hungry every night. That is one in every seven people according to Oxfam.

Untangling the world’s food system is complex. Even the world’s most seasoned experts have a difficult time solving this global issue, but there are simple steps you can make to help change things for the better.

Today is World Food Day and Oxfam is asking you to celebrate by discussing their GROW Method with your family at dinner tonight.

Oxfam America is calling for people to discuss their GROW Method, a surprisingly simple method of eating that will put more food in people’s bellies. It calls for simple changes such as not wasting food by eating leftovers, eating less meat, using less water to cook with, buying foods in season and supporting small farmers. All of these tips are doable for an individual or family. Oxfam has created an easy dinner discussion guide you can use tonight and share with your family.

For the past few weeks members of the Global Team of 200, a specialized group of Mom Bloggers for Social Good members who focus on global hunger, women and girls, children, and maternal health, have been sharing Oxfam’s GROW Method and World Food Day with their readers.

Here are a few featured moms who have shared the GROW Method with their readers and families.

Julia Gibson from Mom on the Run x 2 showcased Oxfam’s free GROW Method banner.

Source: momontherunx2.net via Social Good on Pinterest

Vanessa at Desumama.com shared a delicious acorn squash recipe.


Lisa from About Proximity shared the GROW Method with her children. Be sure to watch.

Want to get involved in World Food Day today? Here’s how: 

  • Have a dinner discussion about food and how you and your family can take part in reducing food waste and increase food availability.
  • Take a photo of your dinner tonight and post it on Instagram with the #WFD2012 tag. Then visit Oxfam’s site. Your post may be featured alongside others.
  • Use Oxfam’s Pinterest cookbook for meal ideas using the GROW Method.
  • Also follow @OxfamAmerica to stay abreast of how you can help throughout the year.

Join Kristin Davis and Djimon Hounsou on Sahel Relief

Much has been written here about the crisis in the Sahel region of western Africa. While there is no famine like we saw last year in the Horn of Africa, there are entire countries that are in desperate need of food relief. Due to failed crops and rising food prices and in some countries government instability there are currently 18 million people are at risk of hunger unless the global community steps up and lends a hand to this region in crisis.

Actors Kristin Davis and Djimon Hounsou are working to raise awareness and funds to help people of the Sahel and Oxfam is aiming to help 1.2 million people across seven countries with programs that include providing clean water, improving access to food, supporting the health of livestock, and providing aid to refugees.

Want to help? Donate to Kristin Davis’ fundraising page and/ or Djimon Hounsou’s fundraising page. Or start your own page.

“Sadly, there are still those who are not aware of the dire need that West Africa is in right now,” wrote Hounsou on his fund-raising page. “The people there are facing drought and a severe food crisis. To some of us, this problem is a world away and is easy to ignore, but I implore you to pay attention.”

“If I sell some of the vegetables, I can buy millet, which is the staple part of our diet,” said Ramata Zore, chairwoman of a garden cooperative in Taffoga. “I’d also like to keep up the vegetable plot for five years. Then, if I manage to find something else to do which will enable me to supplement my income, I’ll be able to start a small business. I want to carry on with the vegetable plot and earn money to help my children.” (Photo: Irina Fuhrmann/Oxfam)

Davis, who’s traveled with Oxfam to countries like Uganda, Haiti, Ethiopia, and Kenya, said she wanted her fundraising page to help call attention to a crisis that hasn’t been covered in the news. “One of my main goals with working and traveling with Oxfam is to get the truth,” she wrote. “The truth of what’s really happening to people around the world—the truth that doesn’t seem to make headlines.”

Want to help? Donate to Kristin Davis’ fundraising page and/ or Djimon Hounsou’s fundraising page. Or start your own page.

Will the G20 Ignore the Developing World During Euro Crisis?

While the Earth Summit takes place in Rio this week the G20 will take place in Los Cabos, Mexico. What’s on the agenda? Figuring out what to do about the Eurozone primarily.

“Everybody knows that this meeting is coming at an absolutely critical time,” said World Bank President Robert Zoellick. “We’re waiting for Europe to tell us what it is going to do. Markets can manage and hedge risks that they are generally aware of. The danger we’re creating is that the pattern of policymaking is increasing uncertainty.”

Quite simply, or maybe not so, according to the G20 web site it’s objectives include:

1. Policy coordination between its members in order to achieve global economic stability, sustainable growth;
2. To promote financial regulations that reduce risks and prevent future financial crises; and
3. To create a a new international financial architecture.

Annually there is a big push to remind G20 nations to not forget developing countries. This year, however, it’s some of the wealthiest nations in the world that are undergoing an economic crisis.

“The situation is not that we’re dealing with impoverished countries here … We’re dealing with some of the wealthiest countries in the world, which is quite different than the situation that the IMF normally deals with,” said Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty to Global Television.

“The reality is that we have non-European G20 countries that have a lot of hesitation in dedicating resources to the wealthy European countries.”

Despite the Euro crisis the world’s poorest countries cannot be left off the agenda. Oxfam International says:

The ONE campaign says:

Thousand Days says:

World Vision USA says:

If you would like to get involved in the G20 via social media and activism follow this thorough G20 guide provided by Oxfam America.


Photo: UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

Mexican Officials Brief on Upcoming G20 in Los Cabos

Roberto Marino (left), Special Representative of the Mexican Presidency for the G20, briefs journalists on preparations for the G20 Leaders’ Summit in mid-June, which will be hosted by Mexico in Los Cabos.

Next to Mr. Marino is Lourdes Aranda, Mexican Sherpa for the G20.

It Makes Sense to Source Food Aid From Local Areas

Oxfam America has launched a brilliant video showing how wasteful we are with food aid. The United States gives a lot of money to food relief agencies, which is a mere drop in the bucket (.05%) when looking at our budget as a whole.

Oxfam says that we can feed more people (17 million more!)  if we buy food aid locally in developing countries. Learn more at http://www.oxfamamerica.org/foodaid.