The United Nations is promoting sustainable food systems this year. Even children are getting involved, with a WORLDWIDE POSTER CONTEST.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) – together with the United Nations Women’s Guild – invites children and young people aged 5 to 17 to enter the second international World Food Day poster design competition.
The contest theme this year is: Healthy Food Systems.
This year’s poster contest simplifies for children the relatively new concept of “food systems,” and the notion that our shopping and eating choices have an impact – on other people and on the health of the Earth.
According to FAO, food systems encompass every activity connected with food: growing, harvesting, processing, transport, distribution, marketing, preparing, eating and even throwing away unused food.
“If we are not careful, our food systems can be harmful to the environment,” said Sharon Lee Cowan, chief of outreach for FAO. “Many of our food systems use a lot of water, create harmful greenhouse gases, and ultimately affect every plant and animal on the planet.”
The total population on Earth is expected to hit 9 billion by 2050. According to FAO, food production will have to increase dramatically to support a population of that size.
“We believe it is possible to do this without harming the environment,” said Cowan, “and in a way that gives poor farmers a fair return for their efforts.”
About the contest:
*Poster designs may be drawn, painted or digitally produced
*Deadline for entries: 30 September 2013
*Step-by-step instructions for entering are available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Italian HERE.
Winners in three age groups will be announced on World Food Day (16 October)
Winners will receive Certificates of Recognition signed by a United Nations official, EndingHunger T-shirts, and other surprise gifts.
All contest entries will be published – in a gallery on the official World Food Day website.
Individual poster entries can be “liked” or shared via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Three winning posters will be selected in each of the three categories: ages 5 to 8, ages 9 to 12, and ages 13 to 17.