World hunger is an emergency
WHAT IS IT?
World hunger refers to pockets of the human population who regularly do not get enough food to eat. A vast majority of the world’s hungry people live in developing countries. The situation is worst in Africa, with almost 21 per cent of the population there facing hunger on a daily basis.
-After decades of steady decline, the number of people who suffer from hunger – as measured by the prevalence of undernourishment – began to slowly increase again in 2015.
-Current estimates show that nearly 690 million people are hungry, or 8.9 percent of the world population, up by 10 million people in one year and by nearly 60 million in five years.
2.1 By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round.
2.2 By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving, by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age, and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons.
2.3 By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment.
2.4 By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality.
2.5 By 2020, maintain the genetic diversity of seeds, cultivated plants and farmed and domesticated animals and their related wild species, including through soundly managed and diversified seed and plant banks at the national, regional and international levels, and promote access to and fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge, as internationally agreed.
2.A Increase investment, including through enhanced international cooperation, in rural infrastructure, agricultural research and extension services, technology development and plant and livestock gene banks in order to enhance agricultural productive capacity in developing countries, in particular least developed countries.
2.B Correct and prevent trade restrictions and distortions in world agricultural markets, including through the parallel elimination of all forms of agricultural export subsidies and all export measures with equivalent effect, in accordance with the mandate of the Doha Development Round.
2.C Adopt measures to ensure the proper functioning of food commodity markets and their derivatives and facilitate timely access to market information, including on food reserves, in order to help limit extreme food price volatility.
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
According to the World Food Programme, 135 million suffer from acute hunger largely due to man-made conflicts, climate change and economic downturns.
Hunger is not exclusive to developing countries, low-income, working-class, minorities in one of the richest cities in the world are suffering this issue as well.
The COVID-19 pandemic could now double that number, putting an additional 130 million people at risk of suffering acute hunger by the end of 2020, especially the low-income, jobless families in developed countries.
ACHIEVING ZERO HUNGER
HUNGER AND STABILITY
The world is not on track to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030. If recent trends continue, the number of people affected by hunger would surpass 840 million by 2030.
Hunger is a destabilizer to both the domestic and international levels that could lead to political conflicts, refugee waves, wars and economic crises etc.
WHAT CAN YOU DO
Shop and eat local
Shopping at local farmers’ markets or growing our own fruits and herbs, vegetables, we can make more sustainable food choices while taking actionable steps towards good health and nutrition at home.
Aim for zero food waste
We all have a part to play in reducing the 1.3 billion tons of food that goes to waste each year. Rather than losing a third of the world’s food production to the garbage can, we can take small, attainable steps like cooking and sharing meals with others or composting our leftovers.
Take humanitarian Action
Donate to local food banks and world food programs to help provide daily food, nutritious school meals and life-saving food packets to people most in need. Lastly, by sponsoring a child, you can help eradicate extreme hunger for that child and his or her family and community.