Five years ago, the United Nations established a set of goals to help and make the world a better place for all the lives on the planet. These are a set of 17 Goals and are most commonly known as Sustainable Development Goals (SGD). By 2030, UN is expected to achieve all the goals and make the world better for the generations to come.
Zero Hunger is the goal number two of a total of 17 SGDs. The main goal is to educate people about SDGs and end world hunger with the help of common people by the year 2030. Common people across the globe could adopt several small measures to educate the ones around them about World hunger, and at the same time, try and feed as many people as possible.
United Nations and several national governments have partnered with global NGOs and NPOs to feed the ones in need and provide a platform to help feed others. Only collective effort can bring in change; here are a few of several ways in which we as common people could adopt.
Reduce Food Waste
A very simple yet helpful tip. One of the main reasons why millions of people are hungry is because thousands of tons of food is being wasted worldwide. To put an end to this, it is essential to reduce the amount of food being wasted.
As the saying “Charity begins at home” we should start incorporating the act of reducing food waste at our homes. This way, even the future generation would understand the seriousness of the issue and respect food. Cooking only how much is required, donating the excess or leftover food are a few very small steps that could be taken.
Food Donation Drives
Various NGOs like Feeding India have partnered up with online food giants like Zomato to make sure the needy are fed. Schools, colleges, and corporates could organize these food donation drives and feed the hungry. Every time a large amount of food is left over, donate the food to orphanages and shelter homes instead of dumping the food.
Organizing food donation drives could help one estimate and understand how privileged we are. It is time we give back a part of our privilege to people who really need them.
Pave the way from farm to market
A reason why global hunger is growing day by day is that the food available is very expensive. To reduce or remove the cost incurred because of the middlemen, we have to pave way for farmers to sell their products at a well-deserved price. This way, both farmers and the consumers would be happy and well-fed.
Support your local vegetable and grocery vendors. Buying from them would in fact result in a big change in the food supply chain. Support your small and local vendors, help them grow instead of pouring your money on retail giants.
Improve and Invest in Farmer Education
Presently, only four crops (rice, wheat, corn, and soy) represent about 60% of all calories consumed worldwide. Addressing the hurdles of food availability and food access, farmers are required to explore and identify a more diverse range of crops and products.
To achieve this agenda, we have to engage ourselves with farmers and ensure they have all the access to the necessary tools and skills. Also, we have to build a market by educating communities across the globe about the nutritional value of eating a wide range of foods.
Help NGOs feed the needy
Worldwide in general and India in particular have hundreds of NGOs that work hard to reduce the world hunger index. Many of them organize donation drives, have collaborations with food-tech giants, and also educate farmers about their opportunities to sell at farmer markets.
Zomato has the option of donating a meal online. All we have to do is pay the price of a meal and they would take care of the rest. Be the Change and its local chapters donated food to the needy and migrant workers during the nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19. Akshaya Patra foundation in Bengaluru donates food to government school children almost every day. We can always donate funds to such organizations and do our bit. These are a few NGOs that strive to feed the underprivileged.
These are a few tips for everyone out there to help in any way possible to reduce world Hunger. While we can certainly help to reduce world hunger, it is also essential we teach kids and those around us to respect the food we have on the table.