It's Thanksgiving weekend in Canada right now, but around the world events are kicking off leading up to World Food Day on October 16.
This year's theme for the annual UN initiative, designed to spread awareness about food security issues, is "Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition." Here's a look at a few of the events that are taking place to mark the occasion:
On October 12, a march will take place starting at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building. That event will feature speakers focused on agricultural issues in the Canadian Prairies and around the world.
Things kick off with a rally at the Legislative Building at 10:30 am, then the crowd will march north on Albert Street to 12th Ave, finishing up at City Square Plaza with another rally.
Later on in the week our own George Stroumboulopoulos, the UN World Food Programme's (WFP's) Canadian Ambassador Against Hunger, will take part in a special panel discussion.
Titled "Sustainable Food Systems: The Essential Role For Business," the event will help explore how business leaders can help create a sustainable global food system and solve world hunger. Along with Strombo will be Sylvain Charlebois, noted food security expert and Associate Dean, College of Management and Economics, University of Guelph, Evan Fraser, Canada Research Chair in Global Human Security and creator of Feeding Nine Billion, and Gawaher Atif, Deputy Director of Private Sector Partnerships.
October 16, 2013
6:30 to 9:00 p.m.Labatt's Breweries of Canada
207 Queen's Quay West, Suite 299
Cost is $30
Designer Michael Kors is teaming up with the WFP on a campaign called #WatchHungerStop. At six participating Michael Kors stores around the world, people can pick up a "Watch Hunger Stop" t-shirt, and have a picture taken in a photo booth, which will be livestreamed to digital billboards in NYC's Times Square.
Kors also designed a watch for the campaign. For each one sold, $25 goes to the WFP — enough to feed 100 children.
There are events planned throughout the U.S. on World Food Day: check out this interactive map to see them all.
Oxfam is throwing World Food Day Dinners in cities and towns across the country "to foster a conversation about where our food comes from, who cultivates it, and how we can take personal actions that will help protect farmers and farmland."