World Food Day competition: call for young artists, designers and film-makers

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Women's Collective Sell Clay Cakes in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photo: UN Photo/Logan Abassi

15.08.16 – There are so many ways for you to engage with World Food Day (WFD), with good reason. In preparation, the UN invites young people to enter the creative competition outlined below, by 30 September 2016.

Falling on Sunday 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 1945, World Food Day promotes worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.

This is an urgent project and there is much to be done. One in nine people in the world today (795 million) are undernourished, of whom the vast majority live in developing countries. Poor nutrition causes 45% of deaths in children before their fifth birthday, while those who survive are subject to stunted growth and for the 66 million attending primary school hungry, extra hurdles to their education.

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The theme of World Food Day 2016 emphasises that the “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too”. This directive links to the second Sustainable Development Goal- to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. We have 15 years to end hunger for every child, women and man around the world. This calls for investment in smallholder farms and widening the reach of electricity, better use of biodiversity, gender equality- because if women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry in the world could be reduced by up to 150 million- and your participation.

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The WFD contest invites young people to tell the UN what they think about the threat of climate change to food security either by designing a poster (5 to 19 years) or producing a video up to 1 minute long (13-19 years). The deadline is 30 September 2016. Various support materials can be found with more information here.

In particular, the Activity Book is an educational tool for teachers, students and anyone who wishes to learn more about the World Food Day 2016 theme. Illustrations in the activity book have been left unfinished to encourage students to use their imaginations and colour a positive future for our planet. A series of tips for children, outlining simple ways in which everyone can make a difference, is included at the end of the book.

Those of any age can find out what can be done in daily life in view of climate change and hunger here. Help us ensure the world does not forget Sustainable Development Goal 2 which has been promised, by sharing #ZeroHunger in your community.

Food and Agriculture in Viet Nam: Rice fields belonging to local hill tribes in Sapa, Viet Nam. Photo: UN Photo/Kibae Park