The Zero Hunger Challenge was launched in 2012 by the United Nations with a goal to end hunger, malnutrition and rural poverty around the world.
The global movement aims to set up inclusive and sustainable agriculture and food systems to improve nutrition and resilience in rural communities. An important part of preventing hunger and creating sustainable food chains is through eliminating food loss and waste.
Reducing Food Waste
Developing sustainable food systems will provide food security and nutrition for those who need it most. It will also create employment and raise incomes for small-scale rural farmers. A crucial element of living sustainably is reducing food loss. Loss during production, storage and transport, as well as food waste from households and retailers. The campaign will also encourage commitments from food producers, retailers and consumers, and empower consumer choice to prevent as much food waste as possible.
Alongside reducing food waste, ending hunger and creating sustainable food systems, the Zero Hunger Challenge seeks to end malnutrition in all its forms. Stemming from poverty and inequality, malnutrition needs to be tackled, especially during pregnancy and children’s early years to prevent issues such as stunted development, wasting, hunger and even obesity. And it has a huge knock-on effect – to deal with malnutrition, hunger and food waste effectively means navigating many other social factors, such as women’s empowerment, education, healthcare, water, sanitation, social protection and agriculture.