I’m struggling today. It’s World Food Day 2016. A day to think, reflect and consider. I remember the marble walls of FAO headquarters in Rome’s Viale delle Terme di Caracalla across the road from the Circo Massimo. The many morning espressos with lively, stylishly-dressed colleagues on the rooftop terrace overlooking the Eternal City. I just don’t remember achieving much while I worked there.
I’m struggling today because last week I stood with some little Congolese children suffering from kwashiorkor; bellies swollen, skin slack and marked, hair thin and grey. Their mothers were talking with an agent of a Goma-based seed company that had established a small plot with them to show how to grow soyabeans.
I’m struggling because this weekend I was catching up on old ‘Weekly Guardians’ where I read about Kumamon, the cute mascot so very popular in Asia. I read about how Asians sent him messages of love during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
I read about ‘Pokemon Go’ the augmented reality app released into the world in July 2016 and now played by 500 million people; and how Nintendo’s share value increased $9bn within 5 days of the release.
I also read about the ALS ice bucket challenge, the citizen action during the northern hemisphere summer of 2014 that raised more than $100m in 30 days for research to combat Lou Gehrig’s disease.
But mostly, I’m struggling to fit all these parts together.