How can we contribute to achieving Zero Hunger?
After decades of a steady decline in undernourished people due to rapid global economic growth, many developing countries have been able to meet their nutritional needs and have been on track to eradicate extreme hunger in Central and East Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Unfortunately, extreme hunger and malnutrition remain huge barriers in many developing countries and developed ones. COVID-19 has pushed the world “off track” to reach Zero Hunger also known as Sustainable Goal 2 (SDG2) by 2030, claims the UN.
According to the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) report and NutritionInsight, COVID-19 is increasing hunger for two main reasons. Firstly, the pandemic has led to an economic downturn that has left millions without an income and the inability to purchase food. Additionally, the halt in supply distributions that many rely on (meaning disruptions in the transport of food to markets and labour shortages due to restrictions on migrant workers) are all contributing to the rise in hunger.
Simply, the world is not on track to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030. Aside from COVID-19, which has had enormous consequences on SDG2 in reversing global progress, hunger and malnutrition have been on the rise since 2015. If current trends continue, the total number of people affected by hunger could surpass 840 million by 2030.
So how can we stop such an unfathomable avalanche of global suffering with more than a quarter of a billion people on the brink of starvation?
Undoubtedly, immediate action needs to taken to provide nourishment and humanitarian relief for the most vulnerable.
Equally, the world needs a profound change and revolution of existing global food and agriculture systems that are currently failing and increase sustainable agricultural productivity and food production. Or else, the 690 million people who live in hunger today will accumulate an additional 2 billion people worldwide by 2050.
Well, change starts with you. Educate yourself and others about the right information concerning SDG2. Be SDG goals orientated and think before you act. Start by keeping the global food trade going, keeping the domestic supply chain moving, and support smallholder farmers' ability to increase food production in developing countries as well at home.
How can we as "Responsible Citizen" can contribute to achieving this Goal?
1. Waste less food:
- Don’t overbuy! By keeping track of what you’ve purchased and used you will be wasting less in no time.
- Check the use-by dates instead of the best-before dates.
- Plan ahead and use your freezer!
2. Plant your own fruit and vegetable:
- Avoid plastic packaging and instead use reusable containers.
- Make your own compost!
- Give your excess grown food to family and friends instead of wasting it!
3. Support locals
- Purchase products from your local markets.
In short, be eco-friendly when purchasing anything whenever you can and make it into a habit. Achieving Zero Hunger is a process, but it’s one that we can all contribute towards in one way or another. If we all do our part, we can achieve these Global Goals and revolutionize our agricultural and food systems like never before.
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