‘Perfect Storm Heading Your Way’: UN on Growing Hunger, Climate Change Threat


The UN aims to achieve a Zero Hunger world by 2030, but faces three obstacles: conflicts, climate change and an economic slowdown. A potent combination of hunger, climate change and man-made conflicts are creating a “perfect storm”, the head of the UN’s food arm warned in a call to action on World Food Day.

World Food Programme (WFP) chief, David Beasley, said, “You’ve got a nightmare, the perfect storm heading your way.”

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the number of undernourished people in the world has been on the rise since 2014, reaching an estimated 821 million in 2017 from around 804 million in 2016. India has been ranked at the 103rd position among 119 countries on the recent Global Hunger Index. World Food Day, celebrated on 16 October each year, is a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger.

Food is being wasted both during the production process and in people’s kitchens. It is not a problem wealthier countries can simply ignore, for it has a knock-on effect on them in terms of the migration crisis. For every one percent increase in hunger, there’s a two percent increase in migration.

Fighting hunger is a global mission and achieving Zero Hunger by 2030 is one of the main Sustainable Development Goals. FAO says that governments, farmers, civil society, representatives of private and public sectors, traders, teachers, individuals, everyone has a role to play, on a daily basis. At the individual levels, there are many things you can do to help build a world free of hunger.

Wasting less, eating better and adopting a sustainable lifestyle, are key to building a world free of hunger. Here’s a list of simple actions you can take today to help achieve ZeroHunger:

  • Don’t waste food: Food waste is a bigger problem than many people realise. If you have leftovers, freeze them for later, or use them as an ingredient in another meal.
  • Produce more, with less: The world population, currently estimated at 7.2 billion, is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. Hence, farmers need to find new, more productive ways to farm food and diversify their crops.
  • Adopt a more healthy and sustainable diet: We all know that life is fast-paced and trying to fit in preparing nutritious meals can be a challenge unless you know how. But, what many people don’t realise is that nutritious meals don’t have to be elaborate.
  • Advocate for ZeroHunger: While everyone has a role to play in achieving #ZeroHunger, countries, institutions and people need to work together to reach this goal.