October 16th is a day designated by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN to bring global awareness to issues related to food. In the past, most of us first-worlders didn’t give much thought to where our food came from or how it was produced. Thanks in part to the FAO and World Food Day, things are changing and people worldwide are becoming more interested in food production and related issues.
As expats, internationals or triangles, many of us have seen first hand how various communities and cultures grow, harvest and market agricultural products. In today’s changing world, it is more important than ever for us to act as ambassadors of the countries we have lived in or visited, and to advocate for those who need our help.
Helping Rural Communities and Those at Risk
One of the main focuses of the FAO, is helping those who are affected by unstable governments, economies, and environments.
“FAO is working with governments, UN agencies, the private sector, civil society and local communities, to generate evidence on migration patterns and is building countries’ capacities to address migration through rural development policies. We support governments and partners as they explore the developmental potential of migration, especially in terms of food security and poverty reduction.” (FAO World Food Day website)
Some of their projects include helping people in Gambia who have dealt with malnutrition, food security, and scarcity issues. They have also been working in Latin American and the Caribbean to help rural farmers to improve their economic conditions to help mitigate problems that have been a leading cause of mass migration. All in all the FAO hopes to oversee sustainable development in communities that are in need of guidance and aid.
What Can We Do?
“By investing in rural development, the international community can also harness migration’s potential to support development and build the resilience of displaced and host communities, thereby laying the ground for long-term recovery and inclusive and sustainable growth.” (FAO World Food Day website) As global nomads, many of us are in unique positions to help the efforts of those on the front lines. We can be more careful consumers, trying to buy more food products that are sustainably produced. We can also focus our efforts locally, volunteering at food banks or with organizations who provide relief to those in need. Many choose to serve rural communities on missions with their religious organizations as well.
Have you worked with the FAO or other organizations to help marginalized groups? We would love to hear how you have made an impact with these issues!
Author: Darcie Hunter
After living in 4 different countries and traveling the world, Darcie’s cooking style has evolved to include dishes from all over the planet. She shares creative, often healthy and sometimes indulgent recipes to inspire your kitchen creativity on her website: https://www.gourmetcreative.net/