Let no one
· World Council of Churches' world campaign the Zero Hunger Challenge ·
The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) of the World Council of Churches (WCC) launched an appeal to all Churches and all people of good will to join the world programme Zero Hunger Challenge.
The initiative is also part of the campaign Food for Life. “No one should be hungry”, explained Manoj Kurian, the interim WCC-EAA coordinator, “especially in a world that already produces more than enough food to feed everyone. We can build sustainable and waste-free food systems that nourish and support all people and empower the smallholder and family farms that produce the vast majority of the world’s food.” Three years ago, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, launched the initiative “Zero Hunger Challenge”, inviting everyone to make a difference, including governments, the United Nations, civil society, businesses, agricultural organizations, trade unions, consumer organizations and the scientific and academic community. Now all individuals and organizations are invited to participate in this important challenge. The campaign Food for Life of the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance has participated, since its establishment, in the Zero Hunger Challenge, during which time very concerning facts have come to light. Eight hundred million people in the world, in fact, suffer from chronic hunger, just short of one in nine people. Malnutrition affects many more. Approximately 500,000 become blind every year due to the lack of vitamin A and half of them die within a year of going blind.In addition, it is estimated that 2.1 billion people are overweight or obese, many of which have serious nutritional problems. Each year about one third of the food in the world is lost or wasted during production, transportation and processing, as well as being simply placed in the trash.
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