Over the last few months, we’ve been engaged in our Rethink World Hunger campaign — challenging you to shift your perceptions and overcome any resignation that world hunger is inevitable. The end of hunger is possible, and we are making tremendous progress. Indeed, last week, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization announced that there are now 795 million hungry people in the world, 216 million fewer than in 1990-92.
We asked you to rethink your image of hunger–from one of famine to invisible, chronic hunger. We asked you to rethink the solution to hunger–we know that handouts don’t work. We also asked you to rethink your role–your partnership and investment in a better future for all is critical.
As the last phase of the Rethink World Hunger campaign, we’re asking you to join us as we rethink our role. This year, The Hunger Project’s staff around the world has been engaged in a global strategic dialogue to examine what’s missing in the world for the end of hunger by 2030, and to challenge ourselves to rethink our role.
We know it’s not simply about expanding The Hunger Project as an organization to reach more and more people on its own. It is about The Hunger Project playing its most strategic role for the end of hunger by 2030. This means forging the partnerships and alliances that will bring gender-focused, community-led development to every area where it is needed. We are committed to ongoing learning, to a greater use of technology, to share our approach and to keep innovating. As an organization, we are committed to a process of identifying emergent gaps and designing creative strategies and partnerships to fill them.
With the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) approaching, the global community is now focused more than ever on implementing a bold, new agenda for 2030.
The Hunger Project knows ending hunger is not just about food security. It is about nutrition; water, sanitation and hygiene; equal rights; resilience and environment; justice and safety; energy and infrastructure; health; education and literacy; and incomes, especially for youth. Communities living in hunger and poverty can work on these issues themselves if you: empower women, mobilize everyone and engage local government. Our holistic, grassroots, women-centered strategies are built on the tenet that people must be agents of their own change. We call this gender focused, community-led development, and it’s central to achieving the SDGs and to ending hunger by 2030.
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