In 2015, the UN committed to the goal of Zero Hunger to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.” However, we have still a lot of work to do to achieve that goal. Earlier this year, estimates by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) found that over 43 million people are at risk of experiencing famine or famine-like conditions, with another report suggesting that an additional 83 to 132 million people will experience food insecurity as a result of the pandemic.
Food is essential to sustainable development not only due to its importance for human survival and ending hunger, but also because it contributes to all of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. For instance, sustainable food systems could help reduce the impact of climate change, reduce food waste, and help fight against poverty and conflict, paving the way for a greater, sustainable future for the prosperity of our planet and the generations to come.
By contributing to a more sustainable food system, be it through your diet or by reducing waste, you could contribute towards the sustainability of our planet, for yourself and the generations after us. Stay tuned for more as we continue in our journey along the Sustainability Glossary!