World Water Day 2012: Water & Food Security

March 22, 2012
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Our lives depend on water. Every day in the developed world, this fact is taken for granted. In general, one has to walk only as far as the kitchen or bathroom taps to access clear water, safe from disease and pollutants.

In the countries where The Hunger Project (THP) works, the picture looks very different. There is little access to latrine facilities and safe water supplies. Even when improved sources of water exist, they are often more than 30 minutes away and require women and girls to travel there several times a day.

But more than something to drink or bathe with, water is a life-source. According to statistics from the United Nations, each person on Earth drinks between 2 and 4 liters of water each day – a mere fraction of the amount of water necessary to grow the food and raise the livestock necessary for us to lead healthy, sustainable lives (see the UN infographic below).

In honor of this universally valuable resource, each year, on March 22, we celebrate World Water Day. This year’s theme addresses the relationship between water and food security – a relationship our village partners in Africa, South Asia and Latin America work each day to strengthen.

Join us today in celebrating this phenomenal resource and relationship and join us this entire year in ensuring that successes LIKE THESE aren’t stand-alone achievements.

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Sara Wilson

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Communications and New Media Officer
United States

Sara has worked as Communications and New Media Officer for The Hunger Project since October 2010.

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