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Building the #ZeroHunger Generation

Working for #ZeroHunger


What is #ZeroHunger?

World hunger is sadly on the rise: an FAO report shows that in 2016 there were 38 million more people suffering from hunger than in 2015. Every day, over 800 million people struggle to get any food at all, and risk starvation. That’s more than the inhabitants of Indonesia, the USA and Pakistan put together!

The Zero Hunger mission aims to reduce that staggering figure down to ZERO. Brazil was the first country to take the challenge in 2003 when the government helped millions of people out of poverty and hunger.

FAO has been helping countries to fight hunger since 1945. Zero Hunger is still FAO’s number 1 mission, and these are the ingredients we need to make it happen:

1. Food security: to guarantee access to healthy food for everyone, every day. Our Earth is capable of feeding us all: it’s down to human beings to distribute food fairly, leaving no one empty-handed!

2. Good nutrition: to make sure that people get all the nutrients they need to live well, and encourage responsible, environmentally-friendly eating habits. This will restore the balance between those who eat too much or badly, and those who don’t get enough food.

3. Sustainable agriculture: the use of fields, forests, oceans, and all natural resources essential for food production, without damaging the planet. Sustainable, because food production has to respect the environment, with all the people and animals who live in it or our resources will not last!

4. Poverty eradication: since poverty is often the direct cause of malnutrition, even in countries where food is available in supermarkets. People who can’t afford healthy food, or food in general, tend to get ill more easily. Basically, a healthy lifestyle is the result of social and economic progress!

#ZeroHunger is the second of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, supported by all UN organizations. Nations, private companies, and citizens from around the world are working hard to achieve the 17 goals by 2030, starting with poverty and hunger.

Many exciting programmes have been launched as part of this mission, and most of them are aimed at families and small communities. Almost every action involves education and the sharing of information and technology. Studying is the best way to learn how to utilise resources and improve people’s lives: studying the territory, new growing techniques, changes in climate, and what could put people’s health at risk. It is also important to study advanced technologies, and how they can be made to serve the most vulnerable people, as well as the greater good. Every single ingredient adds to the final recipe! But studying isn’t enough, we have to turn our ideas into actions.