One Voice is needed to achieve zero hunger by 2030

Written by Robert Zephaniah | Posted on  1 April, 2016.

Hunger is both a cause and a symptom of poverty. Damaged bodies and brains are a moral scandal and a tragic waste of economic potential. That hunger exists at all shows the urgency of redistributing income and assets to achieve a fairer world. Providing the additional calories needed by the 13% of the world's population facing hunger would require just 1% of the current global food supply. The fact that this has not already happened is truly something to be ashamed of.

Ending hunger is entirely feasible, the only question will be why it took us so long?. It requires action at several different levels. At a national level, this can be done through cash transfers to poor people, raising the minimum wage and investing in smallholder farmers (especially women), who both produce food, and are some of the poorest and hungriest people.

Ending hunger by 2030, one of 17 global goals adopted in September, can only happen if more money and effort are invested in helping people cope with climate change impacts, according to the head of World Food Program (WFP), Ertharin Cousin. 

“Extreme weather that is worsening as the planet warms - including stronger storms and longer droughts - are having a growing impact on the poorest and most vulnerable people,” said the WFP Executive Director.

Zero hunger is more than an ambitious dream of a world of full stomachs. It’s an end to chronic hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity, and it’s what humanity deserves, a necessary condition to reach our full potential. And the closer we get, the more we all benefit. But to arrive at zero in 15 short years, we need your voice.