The UN Sustainable Goal #2, Zero Hunger, is just one of the 17 Global Goals adopted by the United Nations and accepted by its members in 2015 to stimulate action over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet. On World Food Day, we acknowledge the significance of this Global Goal—Zero Hunger—and our role in the zero hunger challenge.
Let’s be blunt. Ending hunger is no small goal. And the significance of this Global Goal and the fundamental role it plays in achieving all other goals cannot be overstated.
And while the rates of undernourished people and stunted children has seen a decreasing trend in the last decade, 630 million children continue to be categorized as ‘malnourished,’ and for the first time in a decade, 2016 saw an increase in the number of people considered food insecure — largely as a result of conflict and natural disaster.
There is work to be done. Ending hunger is no small goal. Which is why it requires the efforts of many, on many levels, acting together. We see our role as that of capacity-builder, working with communities to enhance agricultural productivity, strengthen resilient agricultural practices, and establish sustainable food production systems.
Working with families who demonstrate results and in turn empower communities, communities who go on to collaborate at a regional-level — it is all hands on deck. It is the commitment of many. Including you. Let’s work together toward Zero Hunger.