The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations observes World Food Day to showcase approaches to ending hunger. However, it does not recognise the root cause of hunger and malnutrition – rural communities' lack of access to land and productive resources.
Neo-liberal policies on food and agriculture, which encouraged speculation and large-scale investments on land, further derailed the rural communities' initiatives on sustainable development. This led to 925 million people currently living in hunger and malnutrition; 578 million of them are in Asia.
Thus, every year, PAN AP and its partners use the World Food Day (16 October), as an occasion to present the reality of hunger brought about by neo-liberal policies on food and agriculture. Dubbed as World Foodless Day, PAN AP and its partners hold various activities at the national and regional levels.
What you and your group can do:
- Launch press conferences maximizing online media and social networks.
- Hold public forums and people’s assemblies and discussions with different sectors and propose actions that may be undertaken to contribute to the campaign.
- Hold rallies and public demonstrations at relevant government agencies, local offices or pertinent embassies of foreign corporations involved in resource grabs.
- Conduct dialogues with government officials/agencies for a review or repeal of laws that intensify resource grabbing and the enactment of policies that foster food sovereignty.
- Observe WFD on October 16 as Global Day of Action through other activities.
- Send related articles and press releases to us. We will upload these to our website and circulate the same to our partners.
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