Here in Canada, despite a summer of hot temperatures and little rain, most of us will still enjoy an abundant supply of food with family and friends this autumn.

Photo: ACT Alliance

Photo: ACT Alliance

It is a different story for many subsistence farmers living in parts of the global south, where changing weather patterns—triggering drought or flooding—and the rising cost of seed prevent them from growing enough food to meet their nutritional needs and sustain their families. Other factors like war, poverty, oppression and poor health cause many families in our global village to remain hungry.

World Food Day is observed every year on October 16. In the midst of celebrations of thanksgiving, it is a day to raise awareness of those who suffer from hunger and malnutrition and take action to inspire long-term solutions to global hunger.

Facts about Hunger

  • About one in nine people around the world are hungry (around 800 million)
  • Approximately 70% of hungry people are farmers living in the global south
  • 10-20% more people could face increased hunger due to the impact of climate change

This year, The Food and Agriculture Organization’s theme for World Food Day is Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.

It seems that now more than ever, environmental change is taking its toll on land and food security. In parts of Africa, El Niño is wreaking havoc—degrading soil, obliterating crops and causing livestock to suffer. Together, we are helping to strengthen the resilience of small-scale farmers to ensure there is enough food for all.

Together, We Respond to Hunger


Produce grown by farmers in Nicaragua. Photo: PWS&D

PWS&D works with Canadian Foodgrains Bank and our partners overseas to help farmers in developing countries rise above hunger. PWS&D programs provide farmers with seeds, tools, fertilizer and training in sustainable farming practices that increase crop yields and build resilience to environmental changes. Programs also help families start kitchen gardens to improve dietary diversity and nutrition. In times of emergency, PWS&D provides food assistance. We also work to engage Canadians in taking action within Canada to reduce hunger globally.

Embrace Justice, End Hunger

There is enough food in the world to feed everyone. Supporting small-scale farmers may be the key to overcoming hunger worldwide. As an individual, community or congregation, there are many ways you can help end hunger:

A girl in Guatemala tends to a school garden. Photo: PWS&D

A girl in Guatemala tends to a school garden. Photo: PWS&D

  • Download copies of PWS&D’s World Food Day bulletin insert
  • Pray, Give, Advocate: Use the Canadian Foodgrains Bank World Food Day worship resource, Hunger for Justice
  • Make a donation to PWS&D or host a fundraising event to support our programs that teach sustainable farming techniques and provide food assistance to families in need
  • Read more about PWS&D’s projects that are helping people rise above hunger
  • Get together with members of your community or congregation to start a growing project

Image of arrow pointing downWorld Food Day Bulletin Insert 2016

Image of arrow pointing downWorld Food Day Worship Resource 2016

PWS&D is a member of Canadian Foodgrains Bank, a coalition of 15 church-based agencies working together with the common goal of eliminating global hunger.