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From Fome Zero to Zero Hunger

A Global Perspective

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This publication discusses the international Zero Hunger agenda in light of the achievements of the Fome Zero programme in Brazil. It revisits successful initiatives and discusses current actions, while also critically assessing new and growing challenges to the global food security agenda: obesity and climate change. Bringing together contributions from international experts, the book charts a path for translating political will into political action. The example of Brazil and the country’s Fome Zero programme have shown that a comprehensive approach to hunger, based on a multisectoral social protection agenda and strong political leadership, is the key to success. Building on this experience, the Zero Hunger Challenge, launched by the UN in 2012, has mobilized an unprecedented global commitment to end hunger worldwide. Five of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda address this issue. Tackled together, these goals can end hunger, eliminate all forms of malnutrition and build inclusive and sustainable food systems. Indeed, the goals will have to be met if countries are to eradicate poverty and pave the way to long-term sustainable growth. Time is passing and the current disturbing world hunger figures call for renewed efforts. Our present actions will be decisive in achieving a more equitable and sustainable world. This book provides an opportunity to recall the achievements realized so far and inspire our future efforts.

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Looking ahead: Zero hunger as part of the food systems challenge

We are undergoing a revolution in food systems. Every day there are new evidence-based studies, reports and articles on how food affects so many aspects of people’s lives. At the same time, there is also fervent debate about how to produce the food we need on a planet now under serious threat from the impacts of climate change. Clearly, we cannot continue by merely increasing production at a high cost to the environment. The way food is produced and consumed has far-reaching implications in shaping people’s diets and the health of the planet. The nutrition–environment–development equation has never been so hard to solve. How we can address the challenge of promoting sustainable food systems that also offer healthy diets for all?

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