Over the last two decades, rapid economic growth and increased agricultural productivity have reduced the number of people in the world who do not have enough to eat by nearly half, with regions such as Central and East Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean making significant progress in eradicating extreme hunger. However, this is against the backdrop of the world’s population increasing by approximately two billion people.
Recent statistics indicate that the hunger crisis endures, notably in Africa and South America, where undernourishment and severe food insecurity are on the rise.
The number of undernourished persons in Sub-Saharan Africa has risen from 195 million in 2014 to 237 million in 2017. Poor nutritious food accounts for approximately half of all deaths in children under the age of five in the region, claiming the lives of 3.1 million children each year.
Achieving the 2030 goal of Zero Hunger, or guaranteeing that no one goes hungry anywhere in the world, remains a significant problem.
Papua New Guinea
No celebration in Papua New Guinea is complete without a hog roast, as pigs play a vital role in the country’s culture and economics. Because of increased worldwide demand for meat, farmers may now sell to both domestic and international markets.
However, to do so, businesses must demonstrate that their cattle satisfies internationally recognized standards, which is where cutting-edge digital technology may assist.
Fertilizers and other chemicals, which were once credited with increasing crop yields and saving millions from famine, are now being scrutinized in India. They blamed for soil deterioration and stagnating output, as well as health hazards and expensive costs that drive farmers into debt. The thousands of reported suicides in the farming sector each year is a devastating result.
In Andhra Pradesh, the UN Environment Programme is supporting a project to remove pesticides from farms by employing a technology known as Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF). It hopes will alter and protect local food systems as well as farmers’ long-term well-being.
This method of agriculture makes use of the most recent scientific information and removes the need for chemicals.
This emphasis on locally grown and easily available materials enables farmers participating in the initiative to boost biodiversity and renew their soils, lowering costs and improving profits. Andhra Pradesh’s regional government intends to expand the scheme to six million farmers by 2024, making it India’s first “natural farming” state.
Do not waste
One-third of all food produced globally is lost or discarded, a staggeringly wasteful condition that is estimated to cost the global economy $1 trillion every year. The goal is to create a global movement and highlight easy steps that we can all take to reduce food waste.
How to attain zero hunger
While there is no silver bullet to end hunger, the World Food Programme has laid forth a plan that divides the problem into five parts.
- More safeguards for the most vulnerable: Extending social security to the lowest will increase the purchasing power of the poorest two billion people, reviving local economies. There are many feed the hungry organizations, you can donate and help.
- Upgrade the infrastructure: Make it easier for customers and suppliers to buy and sell by improving highways, storage facilities, and expanding electrification.
- Increase the variety of crops you grow: Rice, wheat, corn, and soy account for approximately 60% of all calories ingested. To ensure food access and availability in the face of climate change, a larger variety of foods will need to be produced.
- Concentrate on kid nutrition: The first 1,000 days of a child’s life are critical for preventing stunting and promoting healthy growth.
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