Hunger is an issue that almost 800 million people in the world face every day. In Arizona alone, there are over 1 million people who are food insecure. The United Nations started a program to globally combat these devastating food security and malnutrition problems.
In 2012, they launched the Zero Hunger Challenge as way to tackle world hunger. The Zero Hunger initiative is a part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This agenda focuses on human rights and social justice. The UN realized that the agenda could not be accomplished without combating malnutrition and hunger.
The challenge has five central goals. The first is to make all food systems sustainable. Sustainable food systems establish food security and benefit the environment. The next is to end all rural poverty. Many small-scale producers live at or below the poverty line. Ending rural poverty and helping small-scale producers can raise employment and aid in sustainability.
Another goal is to eliminate food waste and food loss. This goal can be made possible with improvements to food production, storage, and transportation. The challenge also aims to give people access to adequate and healthy food year-round. The final goal is to end all forms of malnutrition. The UN plans to implement nutrition-sensitive health care, improved water and sanitation, and other initiatives to eliminate malnutrition.
The UN needs help from people like you to reach their goal of zero hunger! There are several ways to get involved globally and here in Arizona.
You can join the UN in their fight against world hunger by becoming a Zero Hunger Challenge Participant, and by joining the Zero Hunger Action Network and pledging to help end hunger.
In Arizona, you can assist with the Arizona Hunger Action Plan. Similar to the Zero Hunger Challenge, the Hunger Action Plan aims to provide economic security, increase food stability, and build a stronger food system. In Arizona, you can contact the Arizona Association of Food Banks for opportunities to volunteer and to learn more about programs across the state working to prevent hunger. You can also help by spreading the word about Double Up Food Bucks, a program that helps people bring home more healthy fruits and vegetables from farmers markets across the state.
Stay tuned to news from Pinnacle Prevention for an exciting announcement about new legislation that ties directly to food insecurity in our state.
In Arizona and all over the world, hunger is harmful, but it can be stopped. Every day, people like you can help take the world one step closer to eliminating hunger.