6 Degrees of Freerice: World Freerice Week


Have you heard of the expression “Six Degrees of Separation?” It’s a theory that echoes what you already know as a reader of National Geographic: we’re all interconnected. It says that you and I are connected to every other person on earth through at most six other people.

This February, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is putting this theory to the test to change the world through its inaugural World Freerice Week, February 6-12.  Freerice is an online trivia game that turns your right answers into real grains of rice for the hungry. As the world’s largest organization fighting hunger, WFP feeds over 90 million people worldwide every year. It’s a pretty big task. Playing Freerice is one of the most powerful ways WFP’s global community empowers them to rise to the challenge.


A student in rural Cambodia eats a meal he receives through the WFP School Meals Programme. Copyright: WFP/Heather Hill

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