Intensifying public awareness of the world’s hunger problem

17 October 2013 | Opinion


“Every day, over 842-million people go hungry in a world of plenty. That’s roughly one in every eight people in the world. This fact alone should be cause for moral outrage and concerted action,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on World Food Day.

World Food Day was established by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in 1979. It is marked every year on 16 October by the FAO; its key objective is to “heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world”.

It is estimated that at least one-third of food produced worldwide is lost or wasted. That amounts to about 1.3-billion tons of food a year.

Joint Aid Management South Africa (JAM SA) celebrated World Food Day with a fresh food market at Swanieville, on the West Rand

The WesBank Fund, managed by Tshikululu Social Investments NPC, knows that local and sustainable food systems require sustained support to be successful. For this reason, the Wesbank Fund provides multi-year funding support to its partner organisations in support of household food security and the attainment of agricultural livelihoods.

The Wesbank Fund commends its partner organisations throughout the country for their work in helping people build their own food gardens as assets which deliver increasing returns over time: returns of fresh and nutritious food, but also social and economic returns. Together with our partners on this World Food Day, we celebrate the very real and tangible benefits that a lifestyle of food gardening offers.