Global hunger and malnutrition have been on the rise in recent years, and figures spiked further when the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year. Close to 12% of the global population was severely food insecure in 2020, representing 928 million people – 148 million more than in 2019. More than half (418 million) of the people in the world affected by hunger in 2020 were in Asia and more than one-third (264 million) in Sub-Saharan Africa, while both the Latin America and the Caribbean Region and West Asia-North Africa each have 60 million undernourished people.
Nearly one in three people in the world (2.37 billion in total) did not have access to adequate food in 2020 – an increase of almost 320 million people in just one year.
With the UNFSS setting the tone on how food systems should be transformed, we expect the same conversations in upcoming events by various international bodies and intergovernmental platforms.
Beyond the Global People’s Summit on Food Systems (GPS) – our counter-summit to the UNFSS – we shall continue to expose and oppose the neoliberal schemes of these corporate actors and their agents. We shall also carry out our Action Plans and Declaration for the realization of just, equitable, healthy, and sustainable food systems in place of the current neoliberal food systems.
In this year’s World Hunger Day on October 16, the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS), Asian Peasant Coalition (APC), and PAN Asia Pacific (PANAP) highlight the success of the GPS as a testimony of the people’s hunger for change, of our collective resistance against the global corporate food empire. Heighten the Fight for People’s Rights to Just, Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Food Systems! We are #Hungry4Change!
WAYS TO PARTICIPATE
On-ground activities – may be in the form of protests, meetings, discussions, gatherings, or any activity that will show our unity against the current neoliberal food systems as well as promote and carry out the GPS Declaration and Action Plans.
Social media rally – maximize social media by posting and/or sharing any visual or written material (photos, videos, graphics, statements, etc.) that amplify our calls as well as our Declaration and Action Plans. We will continue to use the hashtags #Hungry4Change and #OurFoodsystems.
We are calling for the broadest endorsement to the People’s Declaration of the GPS, titled “End corporate monopoly control! Fight for People’s Rights to Just, Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Food Systems!” The Declaration, adopted during the GPS Closing Plenary held September 23, will be physically submitted to the United Nations Headquarters in New York on October 16.
Signify your endorsement, deadline on October 15: bit.ly/
This year, we shall highlight the call for the immediate and unconditional release of rural women political prisoners around the world.
We also invite everyone to watch PANAP’s online film screening of CELEBRATE! Short films on people-led agroecology (the event is also open to accept video/film submissions), and to participate in the national actions in India, Indonesia, Mongolia, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka supported by the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development.
Let us take a stand against the IMF-WBG’s corporate recovery and resist imperialist globalization during their 2021 Annual Meetings! Join the October 15 Global Day of Action online rally (8AM La Paz and Washington DC/2PM Brussels/3PM Nairobi/8PM Manila) by registering here.
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