A World without Hunger – Global Call to Action

Tanja Folnovic

Agronomy Expert

Growing food and nutrition demands will continue to pose great challenges in our lifetime. The effects could be devastating if they are left unresolved. More than 805 million people are affected by hunger and malnutrition today. In 2012 the UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon has recognized that problem and launched a Zero Hunger Challenge. He's called on leaders, business and civil society to step up efforts to end hunger and ensure access to nutritious food by all. Food security was a top priority, because 1 billion people still go to bed hungry each day. The aim was to help farmers adapt to the impact of climate change and it still is. The challenge of Zero Hunger means:

  • An end to stunting among children under two because of a lack of nutrients during pregnancy and in the early days of life
  • 100% access to adequate food all year round
  • All food systems are sustainable, ensuring that all farmers, agribusinesses, cooperatives, governments, unions and civil society establish standards for sustainability; verifying their observance and being accountable for them; encouraging and rewarding universal adoption of sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture practices
  • 100% increase in smallholder productivity and income, reducing rural poverty and improving wellbeing through encouraging decent work, making sure that all investments in agriculture and value chains are responsible and accountable
  • Zero loss or waste of food, at the farmer level, through lack of suitable storage and among consumers. A third of food is lost or wasted. It makes no mention of changing the food systems.

Eliminating hunger involves investments in agriculture, rural development, decent work, social protection and equality of opportunity. It will make a major contribution to peace and stability and to the reduction of poverty. It will contribute to better nutrition for all. Hunger can be eliminated in our lifetimes. Target years for achieving Zero hunger challenge is 2025. The key to achieve that are small and family farmers who already produce 56% of the total quantity of food and use farm systems to keep sustainability, rational use of water, resources and reduced food waste. Agrivi farm management system helps them also improve their production and increase profit. They need to raise farm production for only 20%, and in the world will no longer be hungry people.