Nelson Mandela once said, “It always seem impossible until it’s done”.
This belief resonates with the theme of World Food Day 2018 – #ZeroHunger possible by 2030.
World Food Day is a day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger. Held annually on October 16, people from around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate worldwide hunger. 150 countries across the world participate, making it one of the most celebrated days in the UN calendar.
‘Food’ is a fundamental human right. Yet, 821 million people can’t afford enough food.
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India, in the past two decades, has seen a tremendous industrial and economic growth. However, even after a phenomenal rise in its GDP and per capita consumption, it is unable to provide access to food to a large number of people, especially women and children. The Global Hunger Index ranks India at 100 out of 119 countries based on three leading indicators – mortality rate below the age of five, prevalence of wasting and stunting in children below the age of five, and the proportion of undernourished in the population.
In light of these facts, it may seem impossible to see India free of hunger by 2030. Fighting hunger is a global mission and zero hunger one of the main Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Achieving this requires strong determination and commitment from individual nations. The task seems daunting.
The Ponty Chadha Foundation at its organizational level conducts food distribution camps for the underprivileged communities in Noida and Ghaziabad. We have tied-up with the India Food Banking Network (IFBN) to ensure food security for those below the poverty line. Under these camps, we distribute essential food grains, such as rice and wheat, and high energy biscuits and cookies.
Simple actions such as not buying more food than we need, not leaving fruits and vegetables to rot in our fridge, or giving away food that are otherwise wasted help India get to our goal of Zero Hunger faster. Wasting less, eating better and adopting a sustainable lifestyle are important keys to build a world where no soul goes hungry.