Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Happy World Food Day October 16, 2012!

World Food Day is designed to increase awareness and understanding, and spark year-round action to alleviate hunger. The theme this year is “Agriculture Cooperatives: Key to Feeding the World,” chosen to recognize the role cooperatives, producer organizations and other rural institutions play in food security.

Partners of the Americas’ Farmer to Farmer Program contributes to food security and helps fight hunger in many ways in the communities and countries where we work. Volunteers have assisted cooperatives, producer organizations, and rural institutions to improve practices and increase knowledge and technical skills. This results in higher crop yields, better quality agricultural products, and higher profits from product sales, which gives families more purchasing power to buy healthy food. Training in nutrition is also critical and volunteers have helped families learn how to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their diets.

Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy lifestyle. This blog contains many examples of how Partners’ Farmer to Farmer volunteers have contributed to food security and hunger relief. If you would like to be a part of the Farmer to Farmer program, find out how you can volunteer today!

And to learn more about the activities taking place in your community for World Food Day, please visit the World Food Day USA website.

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