What You Can Do For World Food Day
Almost a billion people do not have enough nutritious food and are chronically food-insecure and malnourished. Droughts, floods, wars, conflicts, violence and poverty are the main causes of hunger.
Malnutrition rates remain alarming: stunting is declining too slowly while wasting still impacts lives of far too many young children. Nearly half of all deaths in children under five are attributable to under-nutrition, translating into the loss of about 3 million young lives a year. Under-nutrition puts children at greater risk of dying from common infections, increases the frequency and severity of such infections, and delays recovery. To improve diets, we need to focus on using healthy local ingredients.
The number of hungry people across our country is on the rise so we need to act now.
How can we take action for a ‘Zero Hunger Future’?
- Don’t waste food: If you have leftovers, freeze them for later, or use them as an ingredient in another meal. When you eat out, ask for half a portion if you’re not feeling too hungry.
- Produce more, with less: With a population expected to cross 400 million in 2050, our farmers should get more productive and diversify their crops. Using an integrated farming approach will not only help farmers increase their crops’ yield, and thus their profits, but can improve the quality of their farmland.
- Adopt a healthier and more sustainable diet: Nutritious meals don’t have to be elaborate. With fresh and in-season produce, costs are minimal and the nutritional content of the foods are significant. Fruits, vegetables, lean protein and essential fats and oils are key to a balanced diet.
- Advocate for #Zero Hunger: We all need to work together to reach the #zero hunger goal. Establish partnerships, share knowledge and discover new opportunities to contribute to the fight against hunger.