Food Activism 2013 : Call for Photos

Food Activism 2013 : Call for Photos

Food Activism 2013
Food and Nutritional Security: Today's Necessity

The majority of the population of Nepal  i.e., 70% works in the agriculture sector but two out of three Nepalese people suffer food insecurity at some point during the year. Food Insecurity in Nepal is mainly due to the underlying three problems: 
  • Natural disaster induced shocks such as flood, fire, epidemic, landslides, earthquake, and glacier lake outburst flood
  • Market induced shocks can result from fluctuations in food prices in domestic and international markets, effect on local production caused by adverse market interventions, and externalities; and
  • Social-political shocks in the form of conflict, protracted strikes, deterioration of state-managed services, etc. and mass migration are likely to destabilize food stability.
Food production, processing, and marketing systems are complex. Problems occur as a result of Food safety is a major concern with street foods. These foods are generally prepared and sold

Nepal’s most recent (2012) Global Hunger Index (GHI) score is 20.3, which places it 27th out of
84 ranked countries; western regions of the country score far. Nepal has a very high rate of child malnutrition: half (49%) of children under-five are stunted and one third (39%) are underweight. Maternal under-nutrition is also a significant problem in Nepal: One in four (24%) women of reproductive age has chronic energy deficiency (Body Mass Index <18.5). 

Poor post-harvest handling, processing and storage of food and also due to inadequate facilities and infrastructure such as the absence or shortage of safe water supply, electricity, storage facilities including cold stores, and transport facilities and networks, etc. Furthermore, a majority of food producers and handlers lack appropriate knowledge and expertise in the application of modern agricultural practices, food hygiene, and good food handling practices.

Under unhygienic conditions, with limited access to safe water, sanitary services, or garbage
disposal facilities. Hence street foods pose a high risk of food poisoning due to microbial
contamination, as well as improper use of food additives, adulteration and environmental

Food adulteration rate in Nepal is 15.6% for the fiscal year 2011 (DFTQC 2011). Processed
drinking water, processed milk and refined edible oil are the major sub-standard food products in the market. Most of the fruits and vegetables are found to be contaminated with excessive
chemical pesticides beyond the limit. Rice distributed by WFP in the food deficit areas like
Jumla was found to be subsidized quality. Poisonous mushroom claims death of many people in various localities of the country. The sub-standard imitating products of beverage are in market

So food activism is trying to give an idea at least what could be done in these situation via photo advocacy method.  

Send your genuine photos with minimum resolution of 1200 x 1600 pixels along with a photo caption not more than 50 words on one of the following topics at 

Best ten photographs will be awarded with a prize followed with a photo exhibition at major cities and VDCs of Nepal from December 14- 28, 2013. 
  • Food Insecurity
  • Hunger and Poverty 
  • Substandard and Adulterated Food
  • Nutritional Security and Malnutrition
  • Hygienic Practices of Preparing Food
  • Food Adulteration and their consequences
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Anonymous said...

Great initation !!!!!!!!!!!


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