SDG NO.2 - ZERO HUNGER
Actions on ending world hunger have become more pronounced since the world community set the millennium development goals (MDGs). It has been seen that the most effective way to end world hunger is to transform the way the world does development. Such a pressing matter needs to be tackled in unity and it is therefore the reason why the UN put it as a Sustainable Development Goal as SDG 2: NO HUNGER
SDG 2 aims to end world hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition as well as promote sustainable agriculture. By 2030, the UN aims to:
Why is SDG 2 important to the world?
Out of 795 million people (roughly 1 in 10) people suffering from chronic hunger¸ 98 percent live in the developing world. Unlike famine that can be alleviated from, for example, emergency aid, chronic hunger is a constant day to day condition.
Hunger, poverty and food prices are inextricably linked. Not every poor person is hungry, but almost all hungry people are poor. Millions live with hunger and malnourishment because they simply cannot afford to buy enough food, cannot afford nutritious foods or cannot afford the farming supplies they need to grow enough good food of their own. Hunger can be viewed as a dimension of extreme poverty. It is often called the most severe and critical manifestation of poverty.
Why is SDG 2 is important to Seychelles?
Nutritional intake in the Seychelles mainly comes from animal products and imported crops. Wheat, rice, maize and sugar make up 54.5% of the average daily calorie intake, while animal products provide an additional 16.6%. This heavy reliance on importation of goods can prove to be unhealthy. Seychelles is an island country comprising an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, and has a total area of 460 square kilometers. In other words it is very small and has limited power on the ability to influence trade routes. SDG 2 may play a role because it promotes the growth of small scale farmers. Thus, if an issue were to arise as seen by the pirates in 2010 where trade routes may have been cut off, Seychelles would be self-reliant and in a better situation to sustain itself i.e. increased food security. If it does not adopt these policies, Seychellois could find themselves in a situation where they lack access to 71.1% of their nutritional intake.
What actions are being taken by Seychelles towards this SDG?
It is very important that the Seychelles adopts a self-sustaining attitude towards production and consumption of food due to limited control on external factors. We should aim to promote and adopt schemes such as home gardens and also help local farmers to produce sufficient and affordable goods.
Some of the projects taken on nationally to end hunger in Seychelles are outlined below:
These efforts have been successful to quite an extent as it is important to note that Seychelles does not in fact have any cases of chronic hunger.
What you can do to help?
1. Educate: The first and most important step to get involved in solving world hunger is to educate yourself and others about the problem. There are literally thousands of charities out there, some better run than others, offering initiatives to put food on the table for those in need
2. Volunteer: The task to end world hunger may sound like a daunting one but one must remember that the smallest actions also have impact and therefore individuals should try to take on simple tasks/challenges to change someone’s life today. These small tasks have the potential to have a great effect collectively .
3. Donate: How can we stop world hunger with money? It is food that we need. Well, yes of course, but rather than sending a few tins of sweetcorn to families in Bangladesh, larger organizations may undertake projects to build sustainable solutions. Working collaboratively helps to build sustainable farms and greenhouses. This approach is to put the power of cultivation into the hands of local farmers.
Join the global conversation. Use the hashtags #sey4sdg , download the SDG Action app, visit globalgoals.org – help make the SDGs famous and tell the leaders of the world that this is what we want.
You can also visit http://www.globalgoals.org/take-action/ and choose an NGO to get involved with: Global Citizen, Save The Children, UNICEF, UNDP – the choice is yours.
(contributed by Reza Moustache)
It captured me the most when you mentioned that farmers address hunger by producing food. My friend wants to raise hunger awareness. I should tell her to look for an organization that raises hunger awareness around the nation.
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