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The Family Meal - Ending Hunger in our Lifetimes
The UN Secretary General’s Zero Hunger Challenge is part of our commitment to the world’s most vulnerable people to end hunger as fast as possible by achieving five inter-connected objectives:
  1. Ensure every person has access to food all year round
  2. Ensure all children get the right nutrition in their first 1,000 days
  3. Reduce food waste to zero
  4. Make food systems sustainable
  5. Increase production rates and incomes of smallholder farmers
WFP and EU leaders support the Zero Hunger Challenge because we know it is possible: although 795 million people are going hungry in the world today, there is enough food to feed everyone.
Two little friends drop by their neighbour’s house and receive a slice of water cucumber in Kut Khai, a camp for people displaced by conflict in Myanmar.© World Food Programme / Chris Terry, supported by the EU
The Zero Hunger Challenge is an affirmation that we will not be the weak link, but rather the engine in the struggle to end hunger.
A woman and her baby wait in the shade to receive food at a WFP distribution site in Chad.© World Food Programme / Chris Terry, supported by the EU
We believe no person should go to bed hungry, no child’s potential should be limited because of poor nutrition and that every family should have enough food to share a meal together every day.
A girl in Ecuador enjoys a family meal with her siblings. Her family came to Ecuador to seek safety from the conflict in Colombia.© World Food Programme / Chris Terry, supported by the EU
We can see a future of zero hunger, but it will not be achieved by WFP and EU leaders alone.
A young Syrian family living in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp sits down to lunch together. The ingredients for their meal were bought with WFP food vouchers, funded by the EU. © World Food Programme / Chris Terry, supported by the EU
The Zero Hunger Challenge needs our sustained and collective commitment.
At this food distribution site in Niger, women receive soap and training in hygiene. Good hygiene is key to good nutrition.© World Food Programme / Chris Terry, supported by the EU
It also needs a strong commitment of governments in developing countries.
Colombian refugees in Ecuador receive electronic cards from WFP and the EU. Signs like these in the supermarket show which products give energy, help children grow and are most nutritious.© World Food Programme / Chris Terry, supported by the EU
WFP contributes to the Zero Hunger Challenge by trying to ensure that everyone has access to food all year round.
A mother of two, living in a camp for the displaced in Myanmar, can pick the best ingredients for dinner thanks to a WFP cash grant of 24,000 kyat (€20) per month, funded by the EU.© World Food Programme / Chris Terry, supported by the EU
WFP also aims to ensure that children get the right nutrition in their first 1,000 days, thus contributing to the Zero Hunger Challenge.
In Chad, mothers of infants receive specialized nutritional products to ensure their children get the micronutrients they need during this critical stage of their physical and cognitive development.© World Food Programme / Chris Terry, supported by the EU
By focusing on nutrition, we invest in the future of mothers and children.
The circumference of a baby’s upper arm is an important indicator of undernutrition, which is a common cause of child mortality in Niger. © World Food Programme / Chris Terry, supported by the EU
And finally, WFP contributes to the Zero Hunger Challenge by increasing the production rates and incomes of smallholder farmers.
The communal vegetable garden in this camp for displaced people in Myanmar provides much needed diversity in people’s diets.© World Food Programme / Chris Terry, supported by the EU
Hunger can be eliminated in our lifetimes
This requires comprehensive efforts to ensure that every man, woman and child enjoy their Right to Adequate Food; women are empowered; priority is given to family farming; and food systems everywhere are sustainable and resilient.