The theme this year was ‘Food Prices – From Crisis to Stability’ in an attempt to spotlight the need for global practices that can prevent the devastating price upswings we have seen all over the world. According to the World Bank, over the last year alone the rising cost of food has pushed nearly 70 million people into extreme poverty. It has also brought hundreds of thousands of others together in everything from peaceful rallies for food equity to sadly violent demonstrations against the deeper political, economic and societal issues that affect every part of our lives, especially nutrition and health.
After all, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food…” Sadly, the principles enshrined in those words fall sorely short in practice these days, especially in places where access to food and water is no longer certain and the kind of real political will needed to confront looming crises is in just as appallingly short supply.
Enter: the people and their efforts to chart a clear way forward. In keeping with The Travel Word’s focus on responsible, sustainable and local travel, we believe that popular grassroots efforts – like Slow Food and the local food movements – are on to something. They may not yet have the legs for far-reaching impact (please prove me wrong if I am!), but they espouse values that put people first, not the pursuit of political and economic power.
So, in recognition of World Food Day and the too-often understated drive to effect real systemic solutions, we would like to look back at some of the fantastic local-food contributions that have been made on The Travel Word.
SPECIAL FEATURE: Local Food: A Culinary World Tour
(which includes a mouth-watering picture gallery)
Thanks to the efforts of our local partners around the globe, we’ve assembled an extensive selection of typical local appetisers, soups and stews, main dishes, vegetarian dishes, desserts, drinks and snacks and street foods, many even with recipes, but all recommended by inside local experts.
Other Great Articles with a Special Focus on Local Food
+ All of our Inside Word articles, which include a section about local restaurants and food
We believe that whether you are at home or abroad, you should eat local fare. That means eating what locals eat, sourced from local sources. It’s better for you. More importantly, it’s better for the people and businesses working to help make your experience of their home a remarkable one.