“Climate is changing. Food and Agriculture must too.”
October 16th is World Food Day, marking the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945.
Each year, this date serves as a reminder of the great need for sustainable food production in the developing world. This year’s theme is: “Climate is changing. Food and Agriculture must too.” Climate change has a direct and critical impact on food security in the developing world which affects millions. Hunger leads to stunting, malnourishment, illnesses, and starvation, which lead to millions of deaths each year.
It is estimated that 792million people in the world do not have enough to eat, and every 10 seconds, a child dies from a hunger-related illness.
Muslim Aid carries out long and short-term projects around the world to improve food security and reduce malnourishment in particularly affected communities. This is achieved by providing farmers with the required tools and training to produce and harvest crops and tend to livestock. Muslim Aid Bangladesh also carries out a long-term feeding project which provides children in 400 primary schools with high-energy biscuits to supplement their nutrition and aid their learning.
Food programmes are also carried out in the short-term to assist those affected by conflict and in emergency situations. Most recently, Muslim Aid reached besieged Shirqat, Iraq, with food aid-an area that NGOs have been unable to reach for over two years. Families were provided with one month worth of staple food items, and 227,500 stand to benefit from the programme once complete.