Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Poetry X Hunger


Hiram Larew sends this note:

Dear Poets/Friends from afar —

While the Competition that's described below is limited to folks in the Washington, DC and surrounding Counties, I wanted to share the announcement with you.  

You may know of poets in this area who would be eligible; if so, please share this email with them.

Just as importantly, I wanted to make sure that you knew that the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is offering this Competition, in conjunction with Poetry X Hunger, as a way to bring poetry more forcefully to bear against hunger wherever it exists.  If, in your communities, there's an interest, please encourage your nearby poets/friends to consider ways to  "speak up" about actions on World Food Day (October 16) that can be taken to eliminate hunger at home and abroad.

Here's the link to FAO's World Food Day site --

Here's to Poetry X Hunger,


For more info about this Competition, visit the Poetry X Hunger Facebook page.  

Calling all poets in Washington, DC and surrounding Counties!  In recognition of World Food Day on October 16, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Liaison Office for North America, in conjunction with the Poetry X Hunger initiative, is inviting submissions of poetry that focuses on taking urgent action to eliminate global hunger and malnutrition.  Held every year on October 16, this year’s World Food Day will focus on the theme: “Our Actions Are Our Future: A Zero Hunger World by 2030 Is Possible.” 

After a period of decline, world hunger is on the rise again. Today, over 815 million people are suffering chronic undernourishment, according to the latest FAO report. Conflict, extreme weather events linked to climate change, economic slowdown and rapidly increasing overweight and obesity levels are reversing progress made in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. Additionally, rural poverty, food insecurity, inequality, unemployment, lack of social protection as well as natural resource depletion due to environmental degradation and climate change are forcing millions to migrate. 

Now is the time to get back on track. The world can achieve Zero Hunger if we join forces across nations, continents, sectors and professions, and act on evidence.

Significant prizes are offered to winners.  There is no entry fee -- the Competition is free to enter.

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