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The Zero Hunger Challenge: Can we create a world where no one is hungry?

Hunger can be eliminated in our lifetimes.


01 Oct 2014

At the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced a new global challenge for world leaders and individuals from all sectors: create a world where no one is hungry. He emphasized that there is enough food in the world to feed our population, so the challenge comes from making sure that everyone has access to the food they need to live happy, healthy lives.

Ban called this initiative the Zero Hunger Challenge.

The Zero Hunger Challenge has five pillars:

  • 100% access to food and nourishment all year round
  • Ending stunting among children under two years of age
  • Making all food systems more sustainable
  • Doubling productivity and income for smallholder farmers
  • Reducing food waste and post-harvest losses

This November, FAO and WHO will jointly host the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) – a meeting of government officials from around the world who will come together to create new goals and targets for improving nutrition. This conference will further support the Zero Hunger Challenge by putting nutrition and sustainable food systems at the forefront of the international development agenda.

We are all part of the solution: how can we help?

Although much of the responsibility for the Zero Hunger Challenge lies with governments, individuals can support the cause too.

  • Make sure children and pregnant women in your household or community get the nutritious food they need.
  • Support local economies, eco-friendly agriculture AND smallholders by buying food from local farmers.
  • Make an effort to reduce food waste by buying only the food you need, and being mindful of “best by” labels.
  • Advocate in your government for fair food policies that will support small farmers and sustainable agriculture.

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