FAO/WAGGGS comic book officially launched

18 October 2006

World Board Chairman Elspeth Henderson attended the official launch of a new educational style comic book, The Right to Food: A Window on the World, in Rome on 16 October.
A joint project between WAGGGS and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the comic book is published for children and young people around the world and features eight food stories from eight different countries.  

The Right to Food is a new global education project to raise awareness of nutrition and the right to food among children and young people around the world.
“The launch of The Right to Food: A Window on the World marks an important landmark for the very successful partnership of WAGGGS and the FAO which goes back almost 40 years,” says Elspeth Henderson in her keynote address. “This partnership has been built on the strengths of both of us: FAO’s technical expertise and WAGGGS’ nearly 80 years of experience with non-formal education programmes together with the access to 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts worldwide.” 

Others attending the launch, which was part of World Food Day celebrations, were Jacques Diouf, FAO’s Director-General, Alexander Müller, FAO Assistant Director-General for Sustainable Development, Walter Fust, Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and WAGGGS’ UN team, Rome.
In addition, many of the young artists who won the right to food drawing competition and illustrated the comic book were also present at the event. 

The eight different cartoon-style stories convey national differences in culture, lifestyle, food habits, environments and living conditions. The book is presented in a simple and understandable style that is appealing to young people.
The book and the Resource and Activity Guide are available in six languages in both hard copy and electronic formats, including as a CD-ROM and as web-based HTML and PDF files. Have a look at the online version of the Right to Food - A Window on the World or download it from the resources section.To order the Right to Food: A Window on the World and the Resource and Activity Guide  please contact RTF-Youth@fao.org

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Stephanie - 18 October 2006 - 7.18PM (GMT)

Well done to all those involved in this project. It is one of our duties to educate children on a healthy diet!! We should face reality - nowadays a lot of children are obese -we should act...

ALICE BOATENG - 25 October 2006 - 5.41PM (GMT)

I would like to say well done to WAGGGS for this beneficial project in this era. It is a perfect book for the seasons. Congratulations and long live guiding.

Justine Nkurunziza - 31 October 2006 - 1.02PM (GMT)

Well done and congratulations! We, in Burundi, are also developing a very sound partnership with FAO in the same direction. Presently, we have already submitted a request to FAO for vegetable and fuit trees seeds for distribution among our rural members with the objective to introduce vegetables and fruits in their daily diet, hence improve their nutrition standards. We therefore walmely welcome that cooperation at the highest level, which in turn will come as a support to the cooperation between FAO and associations at the National level.

Justine Nkurunziza
Chief Commissioner
Burundi Girl Guides Association

Hilary Johnston - 1 March 2010 - 3.00PM (GMT)

What a great resource!

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