This Thanksgiving you can do more than just be thankful and enjoy a shared meal — you can give back, too. We invite you to #GiveThanksgiving this year by donating to Hungerthon, WhyHunger’s annual fundraising campaign, to help fight for everyone’s right to healthy food and an end to hunger in America. Set an extra place at your table by donating today.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday from all of us at WhyHunger.
In its 29th year, Hungerthon is an annual Thanksgiving radio tradition started in 1975 by WhyHunger, with the support of our media partners, to raise awareness about hunger and poverty and to invest in long-term solutions that help people in need in communities across America. This holiday season, we invite you to set an extra place at the table and Give Thanksgiving.
You can make a difference this holiday season in a number of ways!
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Fisheries provide food and livelihoods to 800 million people worldwide. Unfortunately, they are being overfished due to industrial-scale fishing fleets, water is becoming severely polluted due to aquaculture and agriculture, and marine resources are being appropriated from small-scale fisheries by powerful food and fish industry giants in a move known as “ocean-grabbing.” A just fishery is an essential part of a secure food system in which all community residents obtain a safe, culturally appropriate, nutritionally sound diet through an economically and environmentally sustainable food system that promotes community self-reliance and social justice.
Today, November 21, marks the annual World Fisheries Day, a day declared in 1998 to recognize the importance of conservation of the world’s oceans and raise awareness of the right of all small-scale fishers and fishing communities to have democratic control over their natural resources. The commemorative day is celebrated by fishing communities and environmental groups worldwide, through rallies, workshops, public meetings, cultural programs, demonstrations and more.
Fishermen in Elmina, Ghana. Photo by Katrina Moore.
WhyHunger is commemorating World Fisheries Day by launching a brand-new Food Security Learning Center topic that explores the challenges and stories of small-scale fishers. The topic, Family and Small-Scale Fisheries, digs into the trouble with corporate consolidation and the environmental and social problems with industrial fishing and aquaculture, and tells the stories of global fishermen and women fighting for access to their natural resources.
Join us in supporting small-scale fisheries worldwide on World Fisheries Day and beyond by reading and sharing this new resource. For other ways to get involved, check out the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance’s Who Fishes Matters campaign, the programs of the World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fish Workers and the resources at the World Forum of Fisher Peoples website.
World Fisheries Day highlights the critical importance of the human right to natural resources. Read more on the new Food Security Learning Center topic Family and Small-Scale Fisheries.
By Saulo Araújo, WhyHunger’s Global Movements Program Director
I recently returned from a three-day meeting in Seattle hosted by the Community Alliance for Global Justice (CAGJ). For four years, CAGJ, along with WhyHunger and other U.S. allies, worked to organize a gathering between U.S. and African allies to discuss common strategies to fight corporate control of our food system.
Convening eight African allies from five different African countries and 15 U.S. based organizations, the U.S. & Africa Food Sovereignty Strategy Summit was held October 10-13 in Seattle, the home base of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Foundation is a major supporter of the Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) that is disseminating genetically engineered seeds, also known as GMOs, and other agricultural practices mostly alien to local small-scale farmers, as the solution to hunger. These practices create dependency on specific products and seeds and often force farmers into debt. Once farmers are not able to pay the creditors, they will be out of business, without a job, a home and most importantly, without food. As Herschelle Milford from the Surplus People’s Project in South Africa points out, “Gates Foundation is on the wrong side of history and causing more harm than good to many African families and farmers by not listening to or sufficiently consulting with them. They don’t want GMOs and pesticides. They want food sovereignty and agrarian reform.”
WhyHunger stands in solidarity with our allies against the imposition of a new Green Revolution in Africa. Based on our experiences here in the U.S., we reject the imposition of false solutions to hunger that damage the environment and undermine social justice, such as industrial agriculture, GMOs and pesticides. Echoing our friends from CAGJ, we work for healthy foods for all, decent living wages for farmworkers, and the right of communities to decide their own food policies, including what to plant and what to eat. From Seattle (and from New York City) with love: No to GMOs and Green Revolution in Africa.
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