There is more than enough food produced today to feed every last one of us. Yet Hunger is the leading cause of death in the world. Our planet has provided us with immense resources, but unequal access, unfair distribution, and inefficient handling leave millions of people starved and malnourished. Often as a direct result of environmental degradation, drought, and increasing soil and biodiversity degradation, loss of biodiversity, over 90 million children under the age of five are dangerously underweight. And one person in every four still goes hungry in Africa. This is really unfortunate. We hardly give a thought to this before wasting our food. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target to end all forms of hunger and malnutrition by 2030, making sure that all people – especially children and the more vulnerable of Central and East Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean have access to sufficient and nutritious food all year round and make huge progress in eradicating extreme hunger. This involves promoting sustainable agricultural practices: improving the livelihoods and capacities of small-scale farmers, and allowing equal access to land, providing knowledge of extensive and diverse farming, technology, and markets. It also requires international cooperation to ensure investment in infrastructure and technology to improve agricultural productivity.
If we are provided with food why should we care for others:
Why should it matter to us? We all want our families to have enough food to eat that is safe and nutritious. But if we want world economy, health, education, equality, and social development, zero hunger can have a positive impact on these. It’s a key piece to building a better future for everyone otherwise a huge part of resources would be consumed in battling the mal effects of starvation and deprivation. Additionally, with hunger limiting human development, we will not be able to achieve other sustainable development goals such as education, health, and gender equality.
Can I as an individual help to achieve this?:
What can I do to help? You can make changes in your own life—at home, at work, and in the community—by encouraging our families to eat local, supporting local farmers, vendors, or markets and making sustainable food choices, supporting good nutrition for all, as a parent to instill a sense of food value into our kids, and fighting food waste. A small step can lead to a big change. You can also use your power as a consumer and voter, demanding businesses and governments make the choices and changes that will make Zero Hunger a reality. Join the conversation, whether on social media platforms or in your local communities. A small step can lead to big change.
Ending hunger is the greatest challenge of our time, but together it’s solvable. Together with the other goals set out here, we can end hunger by 2030. Amen