Date to celebrate - October 16 - World Food Day
What's it all about?
An event set up in 1979 by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation to make countries more aware of those suffering from starvation.
More than 850 million people are chronically undernourished and unable to obtain sufficient food to meet even minimum energy needs. Why not get pupils to consider the lives of those without food by comparing their daily lives with their own. Encourage them to consider how they could waste less food and donate to charities that support hunger prevention.
Use case studies to outline how real the issues are and better convey the importance of organisations, such as Unicef, which dedicate their time to aiding those who are less fortunate.
Get them to consider the wider consequences of not having enough food. For example, malnutrition is one of the prime causes of low birth-weight babies and poor growth, while vitamin and mineral deficiencies due to lack of food cause millions of deaths worldwide. It's also worth pointing out that there are many health problems related to dietary excess and obesity.
Help, I've got no time to prepare
The Unicef website offers a downloadable PDF that outlines individual cases and the overall goal of the event. There is also a world food map and posters to display in class, plus a ready-to-use assembly. www.unicef.org
Where do I get more information?
The world food consumption map compares the countries with the biggest food intake with those with the smallest. Available from www.mapsofworld.comthematic-mapsworld-food-consumption-map.htm.