On Tuesday, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations released the annual State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report, which states that the number of people facing hunger in the world has increased to 821 million, or 1 in 9 of the world’s population. While an increase over the prior year is not the news we had hoped for, we are committed to doing all that we can to stay on a trajectory to end hunger by 2030 — now more than ever!
After all the strides we’ve made, how is it that the number of people facing hunger could still grow? The increase can be attributed to conflict, economic slowdowns, and climate change and variability. In fact, there are key indicators that show the effects of climate change are contributing to a reversal of gains made in ending hunger and malnutrition.
While the recent increases in malnutrition are disappointing, we should not lose sight of the remarkable strides we’ve made to reduce hunger over the past two decades. In 1990, hunger affected nearly 24% of the world’s population. Currently, this percentage has dropped to only about 10%. Significantly, we’ve also seen a decline in the rate of child stunting, which has gone down by 9% in the past five years. This holds great promise for the future.
In the face of this recent challenge, we must strengthen our resolve to end hunger by 2030. One of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, achieving zero hunger can lead to the eradication of poverty, access to education and an increase in economic productivity.
Here’s how you can get involved in ending hunger TODAY!
- Visit our Advocacy page to sign up to become a Hunger Champion. Advocacy is a pillar to ending hunger. We must continue to support policies promoting access to nutritious and sufficient food as a human right.
- Help grow the movement to end hunger on your social profiles using our hashtag, #2030isPossible.
- Schedule a Meal Packaging Event with a Rise Against Hunger location near you. The meals you package provide the nutrition children need to learn and an incentive for parents to send their children to school.
- Make a donation to help us increase our impact through our Pathways to End Hunger.
- Stay tuned for an update on our efforts on World Food Day, October 16 — a day to publicly show commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 2.
NOW is the time to act. It is possible to end hunger in our lifetime. Please, become a Hunger Champion. It’s up to people and organizations around the world to join together to make a world without hunger a reality. This is possible.