It's been a looong tiring day. The boss kept all of us in the room, stuck in a meeting that took ages to finish. Worst of all, they didn't even have the sensitivity to allow a quick lunch or coffee break to fill our tummies to get our minds working.
The meeting made us miss lunch! Such cruelty surely makes you mad, right?
But right now, 1 billion of the earth's population are suffering from involuntary hunger, not because of inhuman bosses or boardroom discussions that seem to have no end. A billion are hungry because of poverty, crop failure, drought, floods, and/or policies in their societies and from their governments that make food insufficient.
Here are some ways to stand united with them and the rest of the world to fight off the real cruelty of food insufficiency:
1- Watch the video and SIGN THE PETITION stating:
"We who support this petition find it unacceptable that close to one billion people are chronically hungry. Through the United Nations, we call upon governments to make the elimination of hunger their top priority until that goal is reached."
2- Support the TELEFOOD PROGRAM of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations . By donating to the TELEFOOD PROGRAM, you can help finance small community-based enterprises which ensure food sufficiency through quality seeds, farm implements, and support mechanisms to families in vulnerable areas. Best thing about your donations, 100% goes to your partner communities, no part of the donation is used for administrative costs by the FAO.
3- In the Philippines, support the BAYAN-ANIHAN Program of Gawad Kalinga. Beyond the colorful homes, Gawad Kalinga now endeavors to support GK village residents towards self sufficiency by establishing "the first family-based,sustainable farm program in the Philippines. Each family is given a 10-squaremeter garden plot which can yield a minimum of 10 kilograms of vegetables per month, providing 30 meals per family." Be a partner and support Bayan-Anihan or "community harvest."
Other ways to respond to the food sufficiency challenge can be found in other blogs joining Blog Action Day 2011.