On 17 October, the world observes the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, which recognizes the need to accelerate action on issues such as, among others, hunger and the right to food.
While extreme poverty is falling in every region of the world, one out of eight people still go to bed hungry. Meantime roughly one third of the food produced for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted. Consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food (222 million tons) as the entire net food production of Sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tons). The facts reveal that the monumental amount of food wastage cannot be ignored anymore while more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily of hunger. The Think.Eat.Savecampaign of the Save Food Initiative, in support of the UN Secretary-General’s Zero Hunger Challenge continues to work towards addressing these food wastage issues. Learn more about the campaign and find out how partners and supporters are helping address food waste and hunger issues here.