This Friday, October 16th, is World Food Day. It is designed to increase awareness, understanding, and action to alleviate hunger around the world. Dr. Jeffrey Sachs in the Guardian News writes “…a billion people go hungry each day. We need a breakthrough that is demonstrable, public, clear and convincing that can mobilize the public’s hearts and minds and that can demonstrate success…the lives of the billion poorest people depend on it.”
As we can see, the global economic crisis is stalking the small-scale farms of the world where 70 percent of the world’s hungry live and work. There is an estimate increase of 105 million hungry people this year, bringing the number of malnourished people in the world to 1.02 billion. This means that almost 1/6 of all humanity is suffering from hunger.
In Africa particularly, more than 210 million people are chronically malnourished without the means to sustain their lives. Several African countries are suffering right now with famine and drought. The nation of Kenya is experiencing its worst drought in 10 years, creating a shortage of food, and people are literally starving.
10 million Kenyans (out of a population of 27 million) are experiencing a serious food insecurity. Food Yields for the nation have dropped by over a quarter, while food prices have gone up a staggering 130%. The UN World Food Program has announced that food aid has hit a 20 year low.
Mocha Club has decided to focus on the area of Kitui, Kenya, a city east of Nairobi. We have been sponsoring a group of orphans there for the past few years. Kitui is a community largely affected by the drought, with no documentation of rain since May of 2006.
A donation of $17 provides food for a family in Kitui for 3 months.
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