Is ‘peak hunger’ behind us?
It may just be possible to end chronic hunger in our lifetime
Your generation could be the one that sees hunger disappear.
The statistic of 868 million hungry could fall steadily down to zero in your lifetime. If governments and civil society groups reinforce their commitment to ending hunger – and not just fighting it – hunger could be over very soon.
Some countries are making real progress. The Fome Zero program in Brazil reduced the number of hungry people by one third in the past decade. This success inspired the UN to launch the Zero Hunger Challenge, which aims to reproduce the Brazilian results globally. This means no more hunger.
It can be done by replicating ideas that work in different countries. For example, putting cash in the hands of rural women, investing in family farms and distributing meals in schools are all actions that eradicate poverty and hunger. Bolsa Familia, a part of Fome Zero’s program, lifted 20 million people out of poverty by giving families money on condition that they send their children to school and use health services such as vaccination programs. Families use the money to buy food from local farmers and this, in turn, helps the farmers and their families.
In Africa, Rwanda has reduced its percentage of hungry people from 36 percent to 16 percent since 2000 by helping families establish kitchen gardens and small scale livestock breeding, and by implementing school feeding programs in schools.
In Latin America, some countries have taken a policy approach by implementing laws guaranteeing their citizens the right to food. Countries in West Africa are also working on similar policies.
The UK "Enough Food If " campaign is calling on the Prime Minister to use Britain’s presidency of the G8 to end global hunger – an example of how you have to keep up the pressure.
There’s enough food for everyone. Let’s make sure everyone gets a share.