End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
The sheer number of people living in hunger can be overwhelming, as 1 in 9 people on earth, that’s about 795 million people, suffer from chronic undernourishment, or HUNGER. Out of all those hungry people, 780 million live in developing countries. Yet, 15 million of them live in developed countries. Poor nutrition causes nearly half or to be exact 45% of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year.
The root causes of hunger are poverty and inequity. As addressed very gracefully in Lama Alfozan’s blog (http://talga.org/end-poverty-in-all-its-forms-everywhere/) extreme poverty is a problem facing one sixth of the world’s population. The fight against hunger has progressed over the past 15 years. Globally, the prevalence of hunger has declined, from 15 percent according to figures for 2000 to 2002, to 11 percent according to figures for 2014 to 2016. Although many statistics confirm that the world currently produce enough food to feed all human beings living today. A lot of people around the world can easily access food, others on the other hand, can’t afford to buy it or even reach it.
Defining hunger can get you a dozen of answers, answers such as, the uneasy or painful sensation caused by the lack of food, a feeling of discomfort or weakness caused by lack of food, coupled with the desire to eat or going to bed every night hungry. All the answers are very unpleasant to say the least. Furthermore, hunger isn’t just a feeling in the stomach; hunger can affect all body parts, effects that can damage the body for a lifetime. The heart shrinks, the brain loses its ability to concentrate, the immune system collapses in the face of diseases and many other harmful symptoms.
Now this is what we, individuals, can do to act against hunger, to stop the hunger before it even starts. We simply can by being informed and by spreading the word, raising awareness, donating, advocating for food security as a human right. For us, all the go-getters, we can do a lot more. To end with a positive message, we can make a difference; everyone’s capable and no on is immune. As a first step of spreading the word please read the sustainable development goal 2 “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture” an overview on where we are now so we have a better picture of where we need to go and pass it on to help build a shared aspiration. https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg2