World Food Day: A #ZeroHunger World by 2030 is possible

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On 16th of October, World Food Day will be an opportunity for Zero Hunger leaders and key global players to remind the world that Zero Hunger is still possible if we can come together and take account of lessons learned, best practices and all evidence available. The campaign will raise the alarm over recently increased hunger figures and call on countries and other stakeholders to get back on track. 

THEME:

Our Actions are our Future.

A #ZeroHunger world by 2030 is possible.

After a period of decline, world hunger is on the rise again. Today, over 815 million people are suffering chronic undernourishment, according to the latest FAO report. 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 percent of the world's poor live in rural areas where people’s lives depend on agriculture, fisheries or forestry. That’s why Zero hunger calls for a transformation of 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.

Smallholder farmers need to adopt new, sustainable agricultural methods to increase productivity and income. Ensuring the resilience of rural communities requires an approach that is mindful of the environment, that leverages the power of technological innovation and creates stable and rewarding employment opportunities. But employment and economic growth aren’t enough, especially for those who endure conflict and suffering. Zero Hunger moves beyond conflict- resolution and economic growth, taking the long- term approach to build peaceful, inclusive societies.

While millions go hungry, 600 million people suffer from obesity, and a further 1.3 billion are overweight. We can change this. 

Zero hunger means working together to ensure everyone, everywhere, has access to the safe, healthy and nutritious food they need. To achieve it, we must adopt a more sustainable lifestyle, work with others, share our knowledge and be willing to help change the world– for the better.

THE CAMPAIGN: 

This year’s action oriented campaign will explore the various challenges that are reversing recent progress in fighting hunger and malnutrition and call for action from various target audiences– countries and decision makers, the private sector, the general public, civil society and UN organizations.

We are asking family farmers, government representatives, goodwill ambassadors, social media influencers and the general public to talk about their actions to achieve Zero Hunger, be it through their work or simple actions in their daily lives.

How to engage: