Hunger is devastating. Tonight, close to one billion people around the world will go to bed hungry. Tomorrow they’ll do the same. And the same the day after. Their children are also likely to be caught in this damaging cycle.
Zero hunger could save the lives of 3.1 million children a year.
A dollar invested in hunger prevention could return between $15 and $139 in benefits.
A malnourished baby will grow up to be a child with impaired learning abilities, and an adult with poor physical and mental health.
We know the solution to world hunger is not merely the provision of food. Climate change, disaster, conflict, and catastrophic health expenditure can all push families into poverty traps, and food insecurity.
The solution lies in building resilient systems through multi-sectoral collaboration with agriculture, health, finance and social protection.
The world produces enough food to feed everyone, but a huge portion is wasted and ends up in landfills.
It also comes down to every one of us. What can you do to help achieve zero hunger?
1. Check your food habits
2. Buy from a local farmer, street vendor or food co-op
3. Buy seasonal produce
4. Don’t waste food
5. Donate food to a local food bank
6. Start a community vegetable garden
Let’s take a pledge to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle this World Food Day.
Bibi-Aisha Wadvalla is a communications manager of BRAC’s health, nutrition and population programme.