Hungry for Change
Did you know that 821 million people in the world still suffer from hunger every day, even though globally we produce enough food for everyone?
World Food Day is about raising awareness about the ways we can achieve #ZeroHunger.
For some it is about reducing food waste on a personal level, for others it might be by adopting a healthier and more sustainable diet. It might be advocating for change on a larger scale by asking businesses and corporations to produce less.
Families living in the poorest areas of the world don’t have the luxury of choice. 70% of the world’s extreme poor live in rural areas, and most of them depend on agriculture to survive.
In rural Zambia, most farmers grow maize, cassava and corn. It’s a hand-to-mouth existence with most families only just growing enough to eat, with little left to sell for income. Malnutrition in infancy impedes cognitive and physical growth. Malnourished children tend to become malnourished mothers and the cycle continues.
Mrs Mukamnuali Matebela from a village in Kaoma, Zambia, told us: “We survive through farming and gardening. Having clean water means disease has reduced, we have more time and energy, which means we can work harder to have food on the table.”
Now in better health, Mukamnuali is able to spend more time growing crops, and learning about farming practice so she can diversify and improve her seasonal yield. Growing more means there will be extra to sell, and with additional income she is able to send all her children to school.
Better health, more time and energy, more opportunity and ability to farm efficiently. Makes sense. Through safe water, sanitation and hygiene education we are supporting Sustainable Development Goal #2: Zero Hunger. You can help.