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Global Efforts to Zero Hunger

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Introduction

Addressing the challenges of poverty, hunger, and injustice. In many parts of the world, more than a billion people live below the international poverty line, an amount that puts their quality of life at risk. Each year, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) marks World Food Day by encouraging people to "Do their part to end hunger. '

UNDP

UNDP

Sustainable Development Goal

Pursue efforts to eradicate hunger in all its forms everywhere, in line with Sustainable Development Goal 2. The UN Promotes sustainable agriculture and achieves sustainable food security, as well as promotes forestry and fishery production, sustainably manages agricultural land, and stops unsustainable use of natural resources and trade. Promote sustainable consumption and production patterns, conserve and sustainably use water, energy, and other resources, and reduce waste by strengthening national and local initiatives and the stewardship of natural resources.

Integrate Sustainable Development within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related to poverty eradication, increased food security, the millennium development goal on education, and access to clean water are all related to hunger eradication.

Food Businesses

At a time when global hunger is on the rise after years of reduction, food firms are becoming more conscious of their ethical credentials. As a result, many of them have adopted corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives and are working with NGOs to promote food security, end hunger, and reduce poverty. Food companies are seeking opportunities in food security and other high-value products.

People, Planet and Profit

FAO

FAO

The Hunger Project

World Hunger Day is put annually by The Hunger Project to draw attention to the hundreds of millions of people who do not have enough to eat. This growing global problem is due to various reasons the increasing price of agricultural products, the price of goods and services, and the lack of food security.

Lessons for Companies

Food that is sold is an indication of a country’s prosperity and a sign of development. Therefore, it is necessary for companies that operate in developing countries to ensure that their products are fresh, quality, healthy, and environmentally friendly. The global demand for the quality of products is increasing day by day. Therefore, food companies are constantly reviewing their production and supply systems to meet the needs of their customers and consumers.

According to Rowlands Kaotcha, Global Vice President and Africa Regional Director at The Hunger Project. "The growing middle class in many parts of the world is changing the food systems and consumption patterns of the emerging middle class by driving demand for the growing number of luxury, quality food products.

What can businesses do?

The social responsibility of companies is to take measures to promote the well-being of society, create a better environment, assist the needy, and educate the youth. And all of this help to foster a just and prosperous world.

Global Movement to Eradicate Hunger

A global movement to eradicate hunger during our lifetimes is being led by Action Against Hunger. In a world that consumes more than 100 trillion calories per year, their goal is to empower small farmers to create healthy, nutritious food for all. The organization has developed a food hub model that builds local, sustainable infrastructure to increase access to healthy, high-quality, and nutritious food. The model uses infrastructure to deliver emergency and nutritional aid to isolated rural villages, thereby saving thousands of lives each year.

The Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) aim is to tackle urgent global challenges in collaboration with partners, both within and beyond the private sector. They believe that their mission should be to create a better world.

In February 2016, the business was honored with a 2016 UN Global Compact Corporate Social Responsibility award for its significant contribution to environmental protection.

Action Against Hunger develops novel solutions, promotes change, and offers tried-and-true programs to prevent and relieve hunger to 26 million people annually.

At the UN Global Compact Business Network, GWR is involved in the following activities and initiatives:

a. Ensure that each of its staff is trained in delivering two hours of training to staff, colleagues, and members of the communities in which it works.

b. Support UN member states who are active in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in various ways.

c. Engage in networks and initiatives in collaboration with businesses, private foundations, and other stakeholders.

d. Promote business principles, ethical behavior, and human rights.

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The Workforce

There are millions of young unemployed people in the world, they should be given skills so that they can have a career and contribute to society. They should be taught and trained in marketable skills so that they can get jobs. The food industry is in direct competition with other industries to attract new talent and retain existing employees.

The organization wants to prepare the people by exposing them to food science and technology, environmental science, and international trade.

Action Against Hunger organization works in 50 different countries. It aims to eradicate hunger from the globe for good, for everyone. Local businesses globally should reach out to their local partners and employees to deliver services and see how best to help the local people.

Global Hunger Index

Many nations slipped on the ranking of the Global Hunger Index (GHI) and as a result, are on the way to tackling hunger in a good way. Conflict, the climate catastrophe, and COVID-19's aftershocks have combined to prevent the world from making headway in the struggle to end hunger. These long-term human crises require a global response to mitigate the perils of climate change, but human energy, food, water, and land resources are being drained, destroyed, and polluted.

World Hunger Solutions

Some World hunger solutions are at hand, including shifting to an ecologically sustainable food system, supporting the growth of small-scale farmers, and developing more sustainable agricultural methods. Every one of us has a role to play in ensuring that human and environmental needs, values, and priorities are both met.

1. Plant-based meals are easy, affordable, and portable. Plant-based meals are also more diverse in their contents, benefiting people with all diets. Plant-based meals also improve people's health and, if eaten in the right way, even reverse disease.

2. Hunger and climate change are linked in a vicious circle. Hunger and climate change are inextricably linked because population growth is linked to environmental degradation and poverty, the intensification of agriculture, land-use changes, deforestation, over-exploitation of natural resources, degradation of the climate, and increased population displacement.

3. Hunger is increasing despite widespread and growing awareness and action, and continues despite billions of dollars in aid, well-funded international agencies, and countless speeches by world leaders. Hunger and climate change must be addressed together and in a holistic, multidimensional, and collective manner.

4. Concern's initiatives to support new revenue streams are one way it may assist. For instance, the Lebanese neighbors of Syrian refugee women have learned how to produce basic foods like cheese and yogurt. The High Commission for Refugees, The World Food Programme, and Concern have both supported this project.

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5. Creating revenue streams to support international aid is an essential part of the model that can help solve the crisis. Ultimately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to ending hunger and poverty.

At the same time, we need to have a holistic and inclusive approach to addressing the problems at the heart of the hunger crises.

6. Another important way to solve world hunger is through gender equality, particularly in the fields of agriculture and maternal and child health. In addition, the conversation must be expanded to include the role of private-sector enterprises. One example of this is the Women in the Field program, which has generated $60 million in revenue for local women in Haiti, Burkina Faso, and South Africa.

7. Food Waste Reduction is another initiative that could support the fight against world hunger. Approximately one-third of all food produced for human consumption is never eaten.

Food Waste Management

Food Waste Management

When food is lost in the supply chain or the supermarket, it either goes to waste, or ends up in the dump where it can lead to hunger and death.

8. Investing in the prevention of disasters is another way to help fight hunger and poverty. During severe food crises, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that almost one-third of the available food produced is wasted. Investing in the prevention of disaster can save up to $7.6 billion per year in the Middle East alone.

Prevention of Disaster / Risk Events

Prevention of Disaster / Risk Events

9. Investing in the provision of social protection and stability is another way to reduce hunger and poverty.

Social Security

Social Security

This is, in part, because they don't have money to spend, which will stifle development, access to education, opportunities, and the resilience to recover.

10. But the biggest single driver of hunger and poverty is the failure of people to have enough food, on which they depend for survival and for making a living. The fundamental solution to the problem of hunger is access to healthy food and nutrition. People—especially kids—may not always eat enough. However, if they reside in an area with inadequate hygienic standards or sanitation, they may be vulnerable to waterborne illnesses like diarrhea or other ailments that stop them from receiving those nutrients.

11. Safe water and sanitation are basic human rights and access to clean water can prevent one million deaths from diarrhea every year. Indeed, the ability to drink water can also protect against illness, reduce health care costs and free up human resources for productive work. Safe water is also essential for the treatment of other illnesses such as malaria and other diarrheal diseases.

12. Not merely drought and flooding are a concern for us. Crops Infection control and investments in risk management to prevent transmission of infectious diseases from animals to humans are essential if we are to control the spread of hunger and poverty.

13. Crops Enhancement with Biofortification - Stemming world hunger and poverty requires massive investments in crop improvement. The genetic modification of crops with maize seeds resistant to glyphosate is a promising technology that holds tremendous potential to provide food security and poverty reduction.

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Biofortification of maize seeds with the Green Revolution fortification of micronutrients to make low-value crops, such as cassava, are also vital to improve diets, the nutrition of infants and children and to reduce world hunger.

14. Through the introduction of improved seed varieties and improved breeding practices, seed productivity has improved by about five to 10 times since the introduction of modern technologies, as indicated in the latest Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Productivity and Food Security report.

15. Commodities and food prices are also a factor to consider. Commodities, which are a major driver of food prices, have seen significant increases in price due to factors such as a rise in production costs (prices for grains, oilseeds, fish, and meat), a shortage of storage capacity, which contributed to a slowdown in the world food trade in the last two years and higher fuel costs.

16. Vertical Farming - Vertical farming enables people to produce a larger quantity of food without using any more land, water, or energy than traditional farming.

Vertical Farming Technology

Vertical Farming Technology

The average surface-to-output ratio of vertical farms is 4:1, compared to 0.75:1 in traditional agriculture. In theory, vertical farming can increase crop yields while using 70 percent less water than traditional farming.

17. Improve Food Storage - What if you have plenty of food but no storage?

In Ethiopia, most households lack the necessary storage capacity for their food needs. It is common to see food products like rice, wheat, sugar, oil, or potatoes that spoil because of poor storage. The problem of food wastage is also persistent in rural areas where storing food is inadequate. The gap has also widened in urban areas because most households do not have a storage facility or do not know how to store their food. To improve storage capacity, businesses have come up with technology-driven solutions such as solar-powered cold storage and automated storage facilities. These expensive solutions do not benefit small-scale farmers or poor urban households. The average food loss from households and workplaces in Ethiopia is estimated at 35 percent.

18. Sustainable and Responsible Agricultural Mechanization - Most food is produced by small-scale, subsistence farmers, over 75 percent of whom have less than 2 hectares of land.

Modern Agricultural Techniques

Modern Agricultural Techniques

Only a few of the smallholders can afford modern agricultural equipment, which is usually expensive, forcing them to seek out local, informal, low-cost solutions to agricultural tasks. In the absence of sustainable and organized mechanization, smallholders resort to dangerous and archaic tools.

Conclusion - Increasing the talented workforce in the food industry and initiatives by organizations like Action Against Hunger can help people in rural areas of the world get enough food. They target the people in rural areas and teach them skills to be able to find good jobs and have a good life.

Nations that are slipping on the world hunger index like India are doing well in different sectors but they need to improve their strategies in providing education, jobs, and livelihoods to their people. Investing in people, investing in skills, investing in education, and investing in technology is the way to provide good quality food to everyone and improve the quality of life for all.

References

“9 World Hunger Solutions to Get Us to 2030.” Concern Worldwide, 25 Apr. 2022, www.concernusa.org/story/world-hunger-solutions/. Accessed 18 Oct. 2022.

Global Hunger Index. “Global Hunger Index Scores by 2020 GHI Rank.” Global Hunger Index (GHI) - Peer-Reviewed Annual Publication Designed to Comprehensively Measure and Track Hunger at the Global, Regional, and Country Levels, 2020, www.globalhungerindex.org/ranking.html. Accessed 18 Oct. 2022.

Staff, Al Jazeera. “India Slips in Global Hunger Index, Ranks 107 out of 121 Nations.” Www.aljazeera.com, www.aljazeera.com/amp/news/2022/10/15/india-hunger. Accessed 18 Oct. 2022.

“World Food Day.” Www.actionagainsthunger.org, 2 Oct. 2015, www.actionagainsthunger.org/world-food-day. Accessed 17 Oct. 2022.

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