Food is what brings us together, yet not everyone has access to the food they need. Food is a human right! By working together we can achieve food security for all! This year we will be supporting the #ZeroHunger campaign as part of World Food Day. Held annually on 16th October, World Food Day is a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger, people from around the world come together to raise awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure future food security and nutritious diets for all.
Celebrating the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. Zero Hunger has been at the heart of FAO’s mandate since the Organization’s founders set out in 1945 to achieve “freedom from want”. But with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, FAO’s Zero Hunger vision of food and agriculture as the key to sustainable development has been embraced by 193 countries and consecrated as one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
This years campaign is Our Actions are our Future- A #ZeroHunger world by 2030. After a period of decline, world hunger is on the rise again. Today over 820million people worldwide suffering chronic undernourishment, 60% women and almost five million children under the age of five die of malnutrition-related causes every day. Conflict, extreme weather events linked to climate change, economic slowdown and rapidly increasing overweight and obesity levels are reversing progress made in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.
Now is the time to get back on track. The world can achieve Zero Hunger if we join forces across nations, continents, sectors and professions, and act on evidence. 80 per cent of the world’s poor lives in rural areas where people’s lives depend on agriculture, fisheries or forestry. That’s why Zero hunger calls for a transformation of the rural economy. Governments must create opportunities for greater private sector investments in agriculture while boosting social protection programmes for the vulnerable and linking food producers with urban areas.
The UN is calling for us at home to get behind the campaign as well. They are calling for the public to adopt a new mindset by supporting local producers, use the Earth’s resources more wisely, follow nutritious and varied diets, and change day-to-day actions with the aim of reducing waste and taking on a more sustainable lifestyle. People have become desensitized and disconnected to the fact that millions of people are hungry. Having respect for our food means having respect for the people that give us food, the farmers, the resources that went into producing it, and those people that go without.
Throughout the days leading up to world food day, we will be posting blogs and other useful content to help raise your awareness and provide you with tips and helpful actions you can take at home to help reduce your waste.
8 Reasons Why Zero Hunger Changes the World
- Zero hunger could save the lives of 3.1 million children a year
- Well-nourished mothers have healthier babies with stronger immune systems
- Ending child undernutrition could increase a developing country’s GDP by 16.5 per cent
- A dollar invested in hunger prevention could return between $15 and $139 in benefits
- Proper nutrition early in life could mean 46 per cent more in lifetime earnings
- Eliminating iron deficiency in a population could boost workplace productivity by 20 per cent
- Ending nutrition-related child mortality could increase a workforce by 9.4 per cent