Sixty years ago this year, within ten days of each other, the United Nations was founded and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN was launched. For six long decades leaders around the world and in civil society have worked through these and other global institutions to put an end to hunger. However, in spite of conferences, summits and declarations, and countless books and speeches, even the conservative goal of cutting hunger in half has not been achieved.
To continue the fighting the struggle, the 22nd annual international World Food Day Teleconference entitled REFLECTIONS ON FIGHTING HUNGER: Roads not Taken; Goals not Met; the Journey Ahead, will review the 60-year battle for food security for all. The broadcast marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The teleconference will be broadcast live from Washington, D.C. on Friday, October 14 on WYIN Channel 56 and viewable in the Moraine Student Center lounge at IU Northwest from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (CST). This event is free and open to the public
The three-hour program will feature longtime activist and author Frances Moore Lappé and will be hosted by Daniel Zwerdling, a senior correspondent with National Public Radio. Lappé is the author of Diet for a Small Planet, a book that has sold millions world-wide since its first printing in 1971, and more than a dozen other books. She co-founded the Food First Institute and the Small Planet Institute, two research and information centers on world hunger. Lappé will offer perspectives on the human-made causes of hunger and the significance of our everyday choices in creating a world free of hunger. In addition, there will be a live uplink from the World Food Prize ceremonies in Iowa featuring Dr. Pedro Sanchez, a World Food Prize laureate and winner of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” award. Videotaped cameos by Ambassador Tony Hall, U.S. Ambassador to the food agencies in Rome, Italy and Dr. Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize will also be featured. A special documentary film produced by John de Graaf and Hana Jindrova, Silent Killer, will be shown in the second hour and the third hour will be an interactive question and answer period.
As the title indicates, the theme this year takes a hard look at the ups and downs of the fight against hunger. During the 60-year period, world wealth has grown remarkably, the sciences have made revolutionary advances and the world now produces enough food to feed everyone. Why then, are roughly 800 million people chronically undernourished? The teleconference will examine a range of solutions proposed to solve one of the world’s most enduring human tragedies.
“Hurricane Katrina has provided a stark picture of what happens when hunger and poverty are ignored. Hunger around the world and hunger at home demand urgent action. We have the knowledge and the money, but do we have the political will to act?” asks Patricia Young, coordinator of the U.S. World Food Day Committee, composed of 450 non-profit organizations, which sponsor the telecast. The program will be available in English, with simultaneous French and Spanish interpretation for worldwide audiences.
Continuing Education Credits for teleconference participation will be provided through Marywood University for interested clergy and social service professionals. The American Dietetic Association gives CEUS for registered dietitians and dietetic technicians and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences has approved Professional Development Units (PDUS) for its members. There are no restrictions on videotaping or re-broadcast.
For additional information on the World Food Day Teleconference or other World Food Day resources please visit www.worldfooddayusa.org.
For more information on attending the live telecast at IU Northwest, please call Linda Anderson, director of student life at 219-980-6793.