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SDG 2 Zero Hunger

By: Zoé Solomon


Over the past few decades, world hunger had been on the decline… that is, until 2015, when it began to increase. Today, nearly 9 percent of the global population goes hungry. And, in the coming years, global hunger is expected to keep increasing. 


There are many reasons that people go hungry, including physical and economic barriers that limit access to food. The recent upturn in world hunger is mainly attributed to the following:

  • Human-caused conflicts 
  • Climate change 
  • Economic downturns
  • COVID-19 pandemic


Hunger is at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals. Its targets include ending hunger, “[achieving] food security,” and encouraging sustainable agriculture… all by 2030. This SDG implies that hunger means more than not having enough food to eat. It means undernourishment: when someone can’t acquire enough food to produce the amount of energy they need each day. Hunger can also imply malnutrition, when someone’s diet doesn’t provide the right mix of nutrients to maintain their highest level of health. Food insecurity is also a part of this issue.



Hunger is an uncomfortable feeling that many of us may have felt. Yet, severe hunger has many other consequences including:

  • Negative effects on kids’ growth/cognitive development
  • Decreases in productivity 
  • Proneness to disease 
  • Inability to earn more money and improve livelihoods
  • Starvation 


On the flip side, achieving Zero Hunger has a lot of benefits: it improves our economies and enhances education, equality, and social development. With all of this in mind, let’s take action to make a difference. 



  • Nearly 1/10 people around the world are affected by hunger
  • Global hunger is on the rise, with shocks like COVID-19 intensifying the issue
  • Hunger has many consequences, especially for children and the most vulnerable


Here’s how you can help: 

  • Make changes in your own life. Support local farmers markets. Fight food waste. Look into where your food is coming from, and the process it takes to make it. You can start fighting food waste by downloading the app Too Good To Go.
  • Donate to the World Food Programme: the food-focussed branch of the United Nations, and the world’s biggest humanitarian organization working on food security. 
  • Volunteer. Find your local food bank with the Help of Feeding America. Help out by sorting, packing, assisting, delivering meals, and even volunteering from home. 



 Goal 2: Zero hunger. (2021). United Nations Sustainable Development; United Nations. https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/hunger/

 2020  global report on food crises. (2020). World Food Programme. https://www.wfp.org/publications/2020-global-report-food-crises

Goal 2: Zero hunger. (2021). United Nations Sustainable Development; United Nations. https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/hunger/

2.1. 1 prevalence of undernourishment, sustainable development goals. (2020). Food and Agriculture Organization. http://www.fao.org/sustainable-development-goals/indicators/211/en/