post World Food Day Poster Contest

May 28th, 2013

Filed under: Events — Lissan Magazine @ 15:28

‘Healthy Food Systems’


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been observing World Food Day since 1981, as a way of raising public awareness of world food problems and creating solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. The theme of World Food Day 2013 is “Sustainable food systems for food security and nutrition.”

Food systems encompass all activities connected with food: growing, harvesting, processing, transport, distribution, marketing, preparing, eating and even throwing away unused food. A sustainable food system is one that functions without harming the environment, gives farmers a fair return for their efforts, minimizes food losses and waste, and ensures that everyone has access to enough nutritious food.

FAO and the United Nations Women’s Guild in Italy sponsor the annual World Food Day international poster contest for children and youth from 5 to 17 years of age. Young people from all over the world are invited to use their imagination and artistic talent to create a poster illustrating the theme:

‘Healthy Food Systems’

The contest gives children a chance to express their ideas about food and hunger, and share their creative visions with the world. Posters may be digitally created, drawn, painted or sketched using pens, pencils, crayons or charcoal, or using oil, acrylic or watercolor paint.

Three winning posters will be selected in each of three age groups: 5-to 8-year-olds, 9-to 12-year-olds, and 13- to 17-year-olds. On World Food Day (16 October). All winners will receive the popular “EndingHunger movement” T-shirt and a Certificate of Recognition signed by a United Nations official. First-place winners will also receive a special surprise gift!

All eligible entries will be published in a gallery on the official World Food Day website. Individual poster entries can be “liked” or shared via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. In addition, the top posters in all three categories will be promoted on both the World Food Day and EndingHunger websites and social media.

Posters will be judged on originality, artistic ability and expression of the theme. Each of the three age groups will be judged separately. The panel of judges will include professionals working in the arts, education and humanitarian assistance.

>> Entries must be original and should not include signature, photographic images of the contestant, or other identifying information.
>> Only one entry per contestant
>> Only digital files in JPG format can be accepted.
>> Maximum allowable file size is 1.5 MB.
>> Entries must be submitted through the World Food Day Poster Contest webpage. Emailed entries will NOT be accepted.
>> Deadline for entries: 30 September 2013.

To learn more about the contest, about World Food Day, or about sustainable food systems, visit:

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) leads international efforts to end hunger. FAO helps developing countries and countries in transition to modernize and improve their agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices. Since its founding in 1945, FAO has focused particular attention on developing rural areas, which are home to 70 percent of the world’s poor and hungry people. FAO is present in over 100 countries around the world, and is headquartered in Rome, Italy. For more information:

The United Nations Women’s Guild (UNWG) is a voluntary organization of women connected with the United Nations, working for the benefit of needy children around the world. The Guild, a non-profit and charitable organization, has been sustaining small programs and raising funds for children in need mainly in developing countries for over 63 years.

post Under the Fig Tree

May 28th, 2013

Filed under: Literature Corner — Natty Mark Samuels @ 14:56

To Ata and the staff, of the Blue Nile Hotel.Lake Tana. The largest lake in Ethiopia and the source of the Blue Nile. Central to the lives of the people of Bahir Dar, Ethiopia’s seventh largest town.

On my last day in Ethiopia, I sat blessed by the sun, under an awesome fig tree, on the lakeside, relaxing in sweet reminiscence…..

Cycling up to the Blue Nile, weaving in and out with the three-wheeled taxis. Sharing the road with the cattle; letting the goats and their herder pass by.

Back around the lake, I bought lentil samosas called sambuusa, from two boys. Passing a marshy area, I stood and watched a farmer, tending to his mangoes and papayas.

Onwards to a little wooded area, where a musician in a wheelchair, playing a traditional harp called begena, entertained those who gathered around.

Passed a spot where people bathed. Soap and laughter in the water.

To where the man was making a tankwa, a canoe-like craft, made from papyrus reeds. I was told it took a day to make the smaller ones, two days for the larger. They have been making them that way since time began.

The children, diving off rocks and splashing around. The adults chatting around them.
A solitary fisherman in his tankwa, checking his nets. Watched by the pelicans and I.

The journey across the lake, to the medieval island monasteries on Genna (Christmas Day - Jan.7th). Ibises flying above me. Near the Debre Maryam Monastery isle, where the lake becomes the river, I saw the heads of two hippopotamuses.

I had a chat with some guys under a tree of shade, speaking of Ethiopian history: buying drinks from a lakeside bar.

I wish I could have sat longer under that fig tree. But it was time to go. So I searched along the bank, finding pieces of volcanic rock to keep as souvenirs, alongside the mementos, sparkling in my head.

©Natty Mark Samuels, 2011.


May 28th, 2013

Filed under: Literature Corner — Natty Mark Samuels @ 14:49

We will always speak of Chinua Achebe.
Let us speak now, of Yaqub al-Kameni.

To speak of the meeting, between the two called Yaqub. One a poet, the other a sultan. The meeting where the latter received the former. Where Yaqub al-Mansur was so impressed - that he gave him permission to teach, in the city of Marrakesh.

Through the late 12th/early 13th centuries; with his teaching in Morocco, and his travels in Spain - he become known as the first sub-Saharan scholar, to have written in Arabic. I mention him whenever I can. First among thousands; dispelling the belief, that literacy came, with those from Europe. I salute Yaqub al-Kameni, of Kanem-Bornu State; a truly Adamic figure, in the creation of African Literature.

We will always speak of Cyprian Ekwensi.
Let us speak now, of Yaqub al-Kameni.
© Natty Mark Samuels, 2013.

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