cutting hunger in half

I have often addressed the powerful impact of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in my posts, especially in relationship to ending hunger in our lifetime.  The United Nations set eight specific and measurable goals. We are now less than 1,000 days from reaching the 2015 target date for achieving those goals.

Earlier this month the United Nations released the 2013 Millennium Development Goals Report. It’s fascinating reading. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations begins the Foreword of the report by stating the, “The Millennium Development Goals have been the most successful global anti-poverty push in history.”

And although the report shows that significant and truly substantial progress has been made toward achieving all the eight goals, the report is also clear the the achievement of the MDGs has been uneven. More effort must to be given if we are to continue seeing solid progress made toward reaching the full promise of the MDGs.

Although the first Millennium Development Goal of  cutting poverty and hunger in half by 2015 is clearly within reach it hasn’t been fully realized yet. I will quote from the report’s overview.

The proportion of people living in extreme poverty has be halved at the global level

The world reached the poverty reduction target five years ahead of schedule. In developing regions, the proportion of people living on less than $1.25 a day fell from 47 per cent in 1990 to 22 per cent in 2010. About 700 million people lived in conditions of extreme poverty in 2010 than in 1990.

The hunger reduction target is within reach

The proportion of undernourished people in developing regions decreased from 23.2 per cent in 1990-92 to 14.9 per cent in 2010-2012. Given reinvigorated efforts, the target of halving the percentage of people suffering from hunger by 2015 appears to be within reach. Still one in eight people in the world today remain chronically undernourished.

We are so close to the goal of cutting the number of hunger in half. I know we can make it happen. But we must always remember achieving these goals is not about numbers. We are talking about people, members of our family who will no longer  have to suffer the needless pain of hunger. we are talking changed lives and hope for brighter futures.

Stop Hunger Now is committed to ending hunger in our lifetime. Achieving the Millennium Development Goals is one giant step toward making that happen.

2 thoughts on “cutting hunger in half

  1. Kathy Mitro

    One of the most fruitful methods of ending hunger in this lifetime is not buying more food to feed with, not even producing more food. The most important step in ending hunger, all hunger, is to simply stop throwing away food at the retail level for want of it not being perfect. All food on the cusp of spoilage must be frozen by mandate thus giving it infinite shelf life and then passed on to feed the hungry. When you add into this incredible amount of food waste the cost in time energy and transportation along with pesticides needlessly dumped into our ecosystem that are needed to produce it. Then we get to the end of this enormous cost of production and we dump this beautiful food into landfills where it decomposes into methane gas a major source of global warming. We must stop the madness. Food donations freezers must be made mandatory to rescue this food, with the freezing giving it infinite shelf life to travel where it needs to go to feed the hungry.

  2. Ray Buchanan Post author

    Thanks for the comment. Ending food waste is definitely an important step toward ending hunger. My first organization, the Society of St. Andrew, specializes in salvaging otherwise wasted produce to help feed the hungry in the US.

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