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Celebrating World Food Day

16 October 2017

Every year on the 16th October, the UN celebrates World Food Day to commemorate the founding of the Food and Agricultural Organization in 1945. Events are organised in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.

  • Hungry For Peace Week
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This year, students at BIS HCMC are honouring #WorldFoodDay by showing their commitment to UNICEF Sustainable Development Goal 2; to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 and Goal 12; to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns by 2030.

According to the United Nations, 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted every year whilst almost 1 billion people go undernourished and another 1 billion hungry. The Events Committee have therefore organised a number of activities to spread awareness of Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 12, provide a reflection of the recent Hungry for Peace Week and remind students and staff of BIS’s commitment to the UNICEF Global Goals.

Tips on How to Reduce Food Waste

The Events Committee provided all students with tips on how they can reduce their food waste at school:

  • Students can request 3 different portion sizes in our underground canteen to cater for their individual requirements and therefore reduce waste
  • Students are encouraged to save leftover food (e.g store in  boxes or in the fridge) to be consumed at a later date
  • Students are also encouraged to donate leftover food to local farms. The leftover food waste can then be used as organic fertilizers to cultivate crops; reducing waste.

Visual Food Tracker

Students have created a visual display that shows just how much food is wasted on average every two weeks (this will be as a daily average in kilos). In addition to this, they have set a target to be achieved by the end of this year. The aim is that students will be able to track their progress through the food tracker and hopefully feel encouraged to reduce their food waste at school.

Hungry for Peace Week Reflection

Earlier in the term, the Events Committee in collaboration with the Global Goals Club held a Passion for Ration activity. This involved students and teachers sustaining an 8 hour day eating only 1 set meal at lunchtime made of basic staple foods. The aim was to remind participants how lucky they are to have enough adequate food to eat and to encourage them to start a discussion on food inequality. Some of the comments included:

“It made me realise that other people don’t have as much as us and you can survive on just very basic things and actually still function normally.”

“It made me think how unfair it was that even though there are enough resources in the world, these resources don’t go to everyone. It made me feel very guilty for throwing food away.”

Please keep spreading the word about the Global Goals and World Food Day and think about how you can join in to make a difference. Together these small changes can have a big impact on life in our community.

Events Committee

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