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Countries in Asia and the Pacific urged to take up the Zero Hunger Challenge

Submitted by Amy McMillen on March 18, 2014

FAO is calling on member countries in the Asia-Pacific region to step forward with national campaigns to promote the Zero Hunger Challenge, which was launched on a global scale by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2012.

“We must not tolerate a situation in which a single man, woman or child is still condemned to suffer hunger in this prosperous region.”  Graziano da Silva

The call made by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon is being taken up by nations all around the world.  Indeed, even before the Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific the government of Timor-Leste had already taken action, launching the region’s first National Zero Hunger Challenge earlier this year.

The challenge of Zero Hunger means:

  • Zero stunted children less than 2 years
  • 100% access to adequate food all year round
  • All food systems are sustainable
  • 100% increase in smallholder productivity and income
  • Zero loss or waste of food

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. http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/216747/icode/

To learn more about the Zero Hunger Challenge:

1. Visit the Zero Hunger Challenge website and follow FAO’s work on Zero Hunger.

2. Follow the work of the Community for Zero Hunger, an independent initiative  taking up the Secretary General’s call for action by pulling together practitioners from all sectors – UN to the private sector –  to identify effective and sustainable solutions to each aspect of the UN Zero Hunger Challenge.

3. Read about the recent visit to Washington, DC of FAO Assistant-Director General Jomo Sundaram to discuss the UN mobilization around the Zero Hunger Challenge.






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