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Rise Against Hunger India to observe October as Hunger Action Month
Thursday, 08 October, 2020, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Bengaluru
Rise Against Hunger India an NGO has planned to celebrate the month of October as Hunger Action Month with a series of activities lined up including a number of virtual volunteering opportunities.

Out of the existing 30,000 edible plant species, only 9 accounts for 66% of the total crop production. There is a need to grow different varieties of crops to nourish people and sustain the planet. Keeping this in mind, World Food Day 2020 is themed on Grow, Nourish, Sustain Together.

The NGO noted that it will also use this occasion to highlight the tales of those who toil every day under challenging circumstances to ensure that food reaches our plate. During the month, the organisation will showcase stories of growers, producers, farmers, retailers, supply chain professionals, philanthropists, volunteers, and many more who are actually the food-heroes.

According to Dola Mohapatra, executive director, Rise Against Hunger India, the Covid-19 global health crisis has been a time to reflect on our most basic needs. These uncertain times have prompted us to appreciate something that many of us take for granted, but many go without i.e. food. It has also brought to light the exemplary work that some people have done and are still doing to feed the hungry.

“We are celebrating the whole of October as Hunger Action Month with several initiatives including recognising and celebrating food-heroes; training & dissemination sessions with our partners on our food and nutrition security; launching Sambal – a small grant facility for local organisations for sustainable livelihood projects; enhancing our volunteer engagement programmes and much more. We invite people to join us and be part of our Hunger Action Month Initiatives. We have some exciting activities that anyone, of any age, from any location, can participate in,” he added.

World Food Day (WFD) is one of the most celebrated days in the UN calendar and was established by the members of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1979. Since then, it has been celebrated in more than 150 countries to raise awareness about issues related to hunger and nutrition. Several events & outreach activities that bring together governments, businesses, NGOs, the media, the general public are held across 150 countries on this day.
 
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