world food day by noor
Ahead of World Food Day (October 16), NOOR visual-storytellers explore the manifold issues that underpin the abundance or lack of food around the planet and humanity’s ability to feed itself.
This year, NOOR teamed up with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to document some of the ways the agency and its partners are working to eradicate hunger by 2030.
Today enough food is produced to feed everyone on the planet, and yet every day, 821 million people still suffer from hunger — 151 million of whom are children under the age of five. Poverty, conflicts, bad weather and natural disasters all work in combination to foment hunger. And a shocking one third of all food goes to waste or is thrown away.
Despite these challenges, reaching #ZeroHunger by 2030 is possible. Producing more food is only part of the answer. We also need to improve people’s ability to access food. This means not only giving family farmers the wherewithal to produce and sell more, but also creating economic opportunities so that the world’s poor nonfarmers can buy what they need at market. It means growing more nutritious food using fewer natural resources or chemicals. It means adapting food production to cope with a changing climate. It means changing our consumption patterns, wasting less food, and removing war and conflict from the hunger equation.