World Food Day 2021

By Life on Earth Pictures

It’s World Food Day, and so at Life on Earth Pictures we take a moment to honor some of all those people working tirelessly around the globe to produce, prepare and share food so that fewer people need go hungry. 

Women unload emergency food aid in Akobo, South Sudan, on October 6, 2021. Like several locations around the troubled country, the double whammy of fighting and flooding has created increased hunger in South Sudan. The 50 pound bags of sorghum, provided by the United Nations’ World Food Program, will be divided up and distributed locally by Catholic Relief Services, a U.S.-based organization. Just getting the food in by river barge was a lengthy and dangerous process. On October 2, as it was traveling in a convoy of boats carrying relief supplies, it was fired upon and two people were wounded. They were hospitalized after the boat arrived in Akobo, which is near the Ethiopian border. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/Life on Earth Pictures
Fatima Al-Omari looks out over her garden in Al-Mazar, Jordan. She is one of many beneficiaries to recently have received support from the LWF in setting up home-based farming in the area of Al-Mazar. By providing tools and seeds, the project has helped 150 families grow food for themselves and, in some cases, also earn an income from selling their surplus at local markets. Photo: Albin Hillert/Life on Earth Pictures, taken on assignment for the Lutheran World Federation
Deaconess Christy Flores helps a child cut their food during a meal for poor neighborhood residents in the Knox United Methodist Church in Manila, Philippines. She is a graduate of Harris Memorial College. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/Life on Earth Pictures
After working together in a community garden, women sing and dance as they walk home on April 12, 2017, atop a dyke they constructed to control flooding around Dong Boma, a Dinka village in South Sudan’s Jonglei State. Most of the women’s families recently returned home after being displaced by rebel soldiers in December, 2013, and they face serious challenges in rebuilding their village while simultaneously coping with a drought which has devastated their cattle herds. The Lutheran World Federation, a member of the ACT Alliance, is helping villagers restart their lives with support for housing, livelihood, and food security. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/Life on Earth Pictures
Manyok Garang (left), 11, and Choul Majak, 9, catch fish in Poktap, a town in South Sudan’s Jonglei State where conflict, drought and inflation have caused severe food insecurity. The Lutheran World Federation, a member of the ACT Alliance, is helping families tackle food problems, including by providing cash for the purchase of fishing line and hooks. These boys’ families fled the region when war broke out in 2013, living elsewhere in the country until returning at the end of 2016. Parental consent obtained. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/Life on Earth Pictures
Methodists prepare food for Cuban immigrants in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, on March 3, 2017. Hundreds of Cubans are stuck in the border city, caught in limbo by the elimination in January of the infamous “wet foot, dry foot” policy of the United States. They are not allowed to enter the U.S. yet most don’t want to return to Cuba. Many of the city’s churches have become temporary shelters for the immigrants, and congregations rotate responsibility for feeding the Cubans, who have slowly been forced to appreciate Mexican cuisine. Such solidarity from ordinary Mexicans will be tested in coming months, as not only are the Cubans stuck at the border, but the U.S. has stepped up deportations of Mexican nationals, while at the same time detaining many undocumented workers from other nations and simply dumping them on the US-Mexico border. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/Life on Earth Pictures
A Rohingya girl gathers up spilled rice grains following the distribution of food in the sprawling Kutupalong Refugee Camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. More than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled government-sanctioned violence in Myanmar for safety in this and other camps in Bangladesh. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/Life on Earth Pictures
A woman who fled gang-related violence in El Salvador to seek political asylum in the United States prepares food in the kitchen of a shelter where she lives in San Antonio, Texas, on December 1, 2015. The woman, who asked not to be named, fled El Salvador after her son and daughter in law were murdered. She brought two grandchildren with her, but they were taken away by immigration officials upon arrival in the U.S. Since her release she has stayed in a shelter run by the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) and supported by a coalition of San Antonio churches. While awaiting a decision on her request for asylum, she submitted to a DNA exam in order to prove her relation with one grandchild who remained in government care. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/Life on Earth Pictures
Zainab (left) from Côte d’Ivoire takes orders at a food truck parked near the Global Village provides food to participants in ICASA 2017. The 19th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) 2017 gathers thousands of researchers, medical professionals, academics, activists and faith-based organizations from all over the world, all looking to overcome the HIV epidemic and eliminate AIDS as a public health threat. Photo: Albin Hillert/Life on Earth Pictures
Pedro Canales harvests food in Honduras from a small plot of land overlooking the Gulf of Fonseca. Along with other families in his village, he has lost access to some land and parts of the ocean in recent years as the wealthiest family in Honduras has moved in, fencing off vast areas. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/Life on Earth Pictures
A man washes his hands before a meal at Ato Kassa’s farm in Hadiya, south central Ethiopia. Ato Kassa’s farm is a model farm in the EECMY project in Lemo Community. 20 other farmers learn from the practices developed and implemented at Ato Kassa’s farm, with support from the EECMY. Through the Mekane Yesus Food Security Project for Lemo Community, the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus’ development wing Development and Social Services Commission helps women raise their socio-economic status through community banking efforts and education, and helps improve communities’ food security through training in agricultural methods suitable in a changing climate. Photo: Albin Hillert/Life on Earth Pictures, taken on assignment for the Lutheran World Federation
Juan López García tends tomatoes in a community greenhouse in Toj Mech village in the indigenous highlands of Guatemala. Villagers here increased their food production by using greenhouses and irrigation. Photo: Sean Hawkey/Life on Earth Pictures
People move buckets of food and other emergency supplies into the Santa Teresa camp in Petionville, Haiti, on February 1. Hundreds of families left homeless by the devastating January 12 earthquake live here. The ACT Alliance sponsored this distribution of food, buckets, and hygiene kits. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/Life on Earth Pictures

Take care,
Albin, Paul and Sean
Life on Earth Pictures