Where would we be without food?
That’s certainly one of several questions the world shall be pondering tomorrow in recognition of World Food Day.
For certain, we wouldn’t be anywhere for very long without food, because we’d like food to live. Due to this fact, food should be thought to be a basic human right, not a privilege. Yet despite this understanding, one in nine people globally experience chronic hunger. How is that this possible?
Way back to 1945 the United Nations recognized food as not a privilege, but a right, hence the creation of World Food Day, yet, 77 years later, the identical United Nations continues to be drawing the world’s attention to the plight of the hundreds of thousands upon hundreds of thousands of individuals in hunger.
What was the aim in shining a lightweight on world hunger in 1945, when 77 years later that hunger has grow to be more chronic?
Can we end world hunger?
This query has been asked repeatedly throughout the years and the reply has all the time been the identical: Yes, we are able to end world hunger. Then why is hunger still in existence today?
After 77 years of fighting world hunger at the best level, the world is not any where near ending hunger, a tragic reality which forced 193 countries, in 2015 to sign an agreement committing to finish all types of malnutrition by 2030, eight years from now.
The observance of World Food Day began in 1979, nevertheless, sadly, 43 years this yr and counting, malnutrition continues to be exists on the planet today. Considering this, do we actually consider malnutrition and hunger will end eight years from now?
Ending world hunger in 2030 happens to be goal number two of the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development Goals. It states thus: “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.”
What’s most astonishing about that is that since adoption of this goal in 2015, the UN, last yr, reported that “hunger is on the rise for the third consecutive yr and little progress is being made in countering obese and obesity amongst children under the age of 5.”
What have governments the world over been doing all these years to fight hunger of their respective countries and regions, and why is the United Nations, this world body, still fighting to manage world hunger, today?
Reasons have been given for this example with the United Nations citing global conflict as a serious reason for the shortage of progress. In keeping with Secretary General António Guterres of the United Nations “A renewed commitment to multilateralism, to prevention and to diplomacy is crucial.”
How is that achievable has not been disclosed. How will the second sustainable development goal of the United Nations be achieved, or any sustainable goal for that matter, when the world’s richest countries care not for these goals but for multiplying their wealth on the expense of the poorer nations and stocking their armouries with improved weapons of mass destruction?
It’s on record that greater than 820 million people on the planet today suffer from chronic hunger, further, that the world can afford to feed every body on the planet. If that’s the case be the case, why is it that hunger still persists? Clearly something will not be right, and the United Nations is the very best world body to take care of this matter.
We recognise that the hunger problem on the planet today is on account of several aspects, the shortage of access to nutritious foods being certainly one of these aspects. At the identical time, we do realise that a world without hunger won’t ever be achieved without collective motion and commitment from people in all places. That is vital, hence we encourage the United Nations to not only talk the talk but move with force to get the richer countries to renew their commitment to ending world hunger. In spite of everything, and in keeping with world reports, enough food is produced to feed the worldwide population yet as many as 828 million people still go hungry. This shouldn’t be, especially the expansion of undernourished people which grew by 150 million from 2019 to 2022.