17 September 2008

World Food Day Event Announcement


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has celebrated World Food Day each year on October 16 since 1945.

The theme for this years conference is "World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy."

To highlight World Food Day in my own small way I am holding a World Food Day event with the help of my good blogging friends We are bringing the world a little closer together with us blogging on opposite sides of the world...Ivy in Athens, Greece and me from British Columbia, Canada. Ivy was kind enough to accept my invitation to raise awareness through this event. The blogging community spans the globe so I would like you to submit a recipe which represents your country that would feed at least 6 people. You can send something that is a family favourite or a regional favourite that uses local and perhaps seasonal ingredients.

We could then lay each dish back to back and have enough food to feed everyone on our street. If more people joined we could feed everyone in our city...our country...the world...you get the picture!!! A conga line of international dishes to feed the world!!!!

The objectives of World Food Day are to heighten our awareness of the problem of hunger in the world and to bring to our attention what we can do about it personally. It is a day to encourage us and our governments to be well informed on the issues and to have a plan of action!!! World Food Day brings to our attention the plight of 862 million undernourished people around the world ...even in our own backyards!! Global warming and the biofuel boom are threatening to push the number of hungry even higher in the decades to come. By debate and finding solutions we can combat hunger around the world together!!!!We need a plan of attack!!! To find out more about what you can do in your area... visit their site here .

On a more personal level one way to help hunger in your community that has my full support is to help your local Food Bank. There are many families that need our help on a daily basis to bring nutritional food into their home. Our local Food Bank in our community of 107,000 people was established in 1983 to provide short-term support to local families and individuals in need of temporary assistance. Annually, they serve more than 30,000 people including nearly 10,000 children, distributing over $2 million in food.
To join Ivy and myself in this event this is what you need to do:

1) Prepare a dish which represents your country and feeds at least 6 people and post it on your blog from now until October 16th, 2008. It can be a family favourite or a regional dish using local and perhaps seasonal ingredients

2) Include the logo for this event and please make sure to place a link back to this announcement page so that more people can find out about this event and hopefully participate.The logo we are using at the moment has WFD approval.

3) E-mail your entry to event[dot]wfd [at] gmail [dot] com, with World Food Day as the subject line with the following details.

Your Name and country of origin
Blog Name
Blog URL
Recipe Name
Recipe URL
Photograph of final dish (not bigger than 250 pixels wide)
A short description of what your dish is about or something you would like to say about World Food Day, that will appear in the round-up, would be much appreciated

4) The deadline for this event is midnight (in whichever part of the world you are) of October 16, 2008. The round-up will be posted a few days later.

5) There is no limit to the number of entries. If you don’t have a blog but wish to participate in this event, send your entries with a picture, your name and recipe to event[dot]wfd [at] gmail [dot] com before the deadline. I will post the recipes with your picture in my blog and include it in the round-up.
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27 comments:

  1. What a wonderful IDEA!!!! Val and Ivy count on me ♥♥.
    I already know what I'll be doing: something with Rice (not a paella, but similar) Rice is such an important cereal! We shouldn't use it as a biodiesel... rice should always be on a bowl or plate :D

    Fantastic idea girls!!!

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  2. What a great idea for an event Val...I will be sure to get an entry in!

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  3. Val, what a wonderful idea! I will definitely support this. May I humbly suggest that when we each post, we also give some links to local or national food banks/hunger agencies, in case folks want to donate and support this further?

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  4. What a great event to raise awareness.

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  5. Great idea - will get my thinking cap on!!

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  6. Will def post a recpe Val and thanks for focusing awareness on such a good cause.

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  7. Val, you came up with such a great event. I'll have to dig in my recipes. Good luck!

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  8. Good idea Val! I am going to go look at the link you gave us :)

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  9. A great idea!

    I have given you an award! Please pop over to get it. Jan x

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  10. Lovely Idea val.Will get my brain works.

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  11. We're so on board with this cause -I'm thrilled that both have you have joined forces to create this amazing event. This exemplifies the importance of taking something we love to do and directing it for the greater good of mankind.

    We have a post for this event.

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  12. Thanks for alerting us to this - what a wonderful idea! I will definitely try to contribute.

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  13. This is a wonderful idea Val & Ivy! I'll try and work on something to submit to this great event :)

    Rosie x

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  14. Oh - this is nice...I may not be able to participate...but maybe I can. I'm hosting a little get together this weekend and I plan on doing some cooking...we'll see what happens.

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  15. Yay for you for raising awareness! This is a great idea!

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  16. I am definitely going to participate in this event. What a great way to raise awareness about such a serious problem.

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  17. This is a terrific and noble idea! It's more than that, though, it's taking action for the greater good. I can't wait to see all the entries. Well done!

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  18. What a great idea!! I hope I can post something for this...

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  19. What a great idea... and believe it or not, I have something cooking right now that is perfect for this! I'll get the post out to you soon :D

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  20. Thanks for all your encouragement guys.

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  21. Thank you for bringing this to our attention, Val. I agree with Nuria about the rice...I'm going to try my best to get in an entry. I've been a busy little bee lately, but I will definitely spread the word about this. I'm a member of my local Slow Food chapter and I think this is something everyone would be interested in.

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  22. I'm in Val...great idea. gatronomic ideas are flowing thick & fast!! See you soon at your wonderful event!! xoxo Deeba

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  23. You can count on me to participate! This is beautiful and it is so nice to see you and Ivy doing this together! You two are just the cutest!

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  24. This is a really great way to raise awareness, thanks for putting together the event! I'll be working on my entry!

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  25. I'm planning to participate also. This is a wonderful idea and such a worthy cause.

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