It's World Food Day. While that might seem like a holiday meant for binging on your favorite meal and ordering an extra dessert for good measure, it's actually an incredibly important day to raise awareness about the plight of people who go hungry around the world. Today, a collective of dignitaries and diplomats are using World Food Day to raise awareness around the United Nation's "Zero Hunger" initiative. The tellingly named goal endeavors to end hunger globally by the year 2030.
It's also been a day for new information. After many years on the decline, hunger is actually increasing across the African continent according to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) that was released earlier today.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations who is at the helm of World Food Day is asking thoughtful individuals from around the world to take up an action to help them achieve their #ZeroHunger goal.
They gave us a few choice examples of what folks are doing to make sure nobody goes hungry:
What does this have to do with elephants?
A whole lot.
While commercial poaching continues to decimate the elephant population across the African continent, subsistence poaching is a significant contributor to the elephant's decline as well.
Subsistence poaching is a symptom of poverty and a response to a lack of food. If you can't feed your children, you do what you have to do. Even if that means taking down an elephant or a lion for a meal. If we can end hunger, we take a giant stab at poverty and remove the motivations for many individuals who find themselves subsistence poaching.
Helping people and helping elephants are inseparable aspirations. #ZeroHunger is a great place to start.