The Montclair State University Dietetic Internship Class of 2018 hosted World Food Day on October 16, 2017 with a lecture by Lynnda Kiess, Senior Policy Advisor on Nutrition for the United Nations World Food Programme. The World Food Programme is the leading humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide. World Food Day events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and food insecurity. It is also a day for us to celebrate the progress already made toward the eradication of global hunger.
Ms. Kiess noted that Africa has the highest prevalence of undernourishment, although Asia has the highest absolute number. Undernourishment leads to growth stunting and wasting. Growth stunting (a low height for age) has decreased from 30% to 25% globally from 2005 to 2016, while it has decreased from 2.8% to 2.3% in the United States. She then discussed their “Zero Hunger” goal through its four parts: end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.
Causes of hunger include food availability, food access, climate change, natural crises, seasonal considerations, and conflict that leads to food insecure refugees. By 2030, the World Food Programme aims to end hunger by providing technical support to governments, industries, local businesses, health centers, markets, infrastructure, and irrigation programs in 80 countries.Learn more about the World Food Programme here.