What is food justice?
Food justice would exist if all people had access to adequate food at all times. It’s the idea that everyone in the world should have access to sufficient food to lead a healthy and active life.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case. 870 million people in the world—the majority of them in the developing world—don’t have enough food to eat, even though there is enough food in the world for everyone.
So the saying begins. And for many people, food assistance is exactly what is needed when a drought, flood, conflict, or other disaster disrupts their lives. Governments must make sure there are systems in place to meet immediate food needs for people.
The long-term vision is food security, which means that all people have access to adequate food at all times. Programs and policies are designed to help the most vulnerable–many of whom are small-scale farmers throughout the world–should uphold the goal of people being able to feed themselves.
In many developing countries women are both food providers (farmers) and food preparer. Women are responsible for household nutrition, and so striving for gender equity delivers benefits to the whole family.
But what if they don’t have access to the pond?
Or what if the water is polluted by others? The rules about how food and other resources are shared often make things more difficult for the many people who experience chronic hunger. We can speak up and influence decision makers to ensure that trade and aid policies don’t make it harder for others to feed themselves. Often these decision makers have the power to create or change policies that could have a positive impact on many people.
The Food Justice Network
Groups like Canadian Foodgrains Bank are addressing these issues through various programs and projects, [and] you can be an advocate for people in the developing world.
Learn more about how you can support the Food Justice Network and read the full post here. Illustrations by Roberta Fast. Excerpted with permission.
This post does not reflect the views or opinion of the Zero Hunger Challenge, and does not imply endorsement by the United Nations.