Here’s a fantastic animation directed by Damian Nenow from Poland, marking the occasion of World Food Day on October 16th. The voice-over is by Dakota Fanning, and the video is part of a campaign by EndingHunger.org, an outreach and education project of the UN FAO.
Hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. There are 842 million undernourished people in the world today, that’s almost one in eight people not getting enough food to lead a healthy and active life – or being able to reach their full potential as human beings.
I don’t work for the World Food Programme anymore, but I still consider proper nutrition being one of the most important questions in the world. The days during a woman’s pregnancy until the second birthday of a child have a profound impact on the development of the child – if the mother and her baby don’t receive adequate nutrition during this period, the effects are irreversible. In other words – this means this child will never be able to grow, learn and live properly. Always a little bit slower, a little less intelligent, a little more sick – and very likely to suffer from premature death.