02 Jul Businesses battling world hunger: Sustainable Development Goal #2
The United Nations World Food Program considers hunger “one of the most solvable problems that face the world today.”
Food security around the world is at risk as our soils, freshwater, oceans, forests and biodiversity are being rapidly degraded, with climate change putting pressure on resources and increasing risks such as droughts and floods.
The world produces enough to feed the entire global population. And yet, one in nine people in the world today are undernourished (815 million).
Poverty, natural disasters, climate, displacement and lack of investment in agriculture are among some of the main causes of hunger and severe food insecurity.
Can we create a world where nobody goes hungry?
That’s the aim of Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger.
Goal 2 is all about ensuring access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round, for all people, by 2030.
If achieved, this goal would end all forms of malnutrition and ensure sustainable, resilient food production to build a world with zero hunger.
Businesses around the world are playing their part to make hunger a thing of the past:
Telling the stories of the world’s Food Heroes
K80 Jones has extensive experience in the food industry, which led her to develop a deep concern about the social and environmental issues caused by food, and an understanding that it is possible to clean up the industry, source ethical ingredients, and give back to good causes.
As the host of the Food Heroes Podcast, K80 uses her platform to tell stories from within the food industry – raising awareness of issues such as the ethical complexities of dairy farming, food supply chains, and asking big questions like whether eating insects is a more sustainable food option for our future.
If you’re interested in how food can be a force for good, where your meals come from and the ethical implications of what we eat, take a listen to The Food Heroes Podcast!
Feeding disadvantaged communities
Sustainable accessories brand From Belo are committed to feeding the world with kindness.
They give back meals to those in need for every accessory sold. This equates to 6 plates for every handbag and 2 plates for every wallet or small accessory.
These plates of food are distributed by Casa De Maria, an organisation in Belo Horizonte’s biggest slum: Cafezal, in Brazil. So far they’ve donated 1004 meals.
Cuddle + Kind are also committed to giving back to those in need.
They give 10 meals to hungry children for every doll they sell through partnerships with organisations in some of the world’s most vulnerable regions.
Through their give back programme, they provide school meals, which also has an impact on several other SDG – as school meals give impoverished families an incentive to send children to school. This is especially true for girls, providing them with an education opportunity they would potentially not have.
To the end of December 2018, they’ve donated an incredible 7,461,144 meals to children in need!
Fighting Food Waste
If food waste was a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases after the USA and China.
Every year in the UK over 10 million tonnes of food is thrown away – estimated to be worth £17 billion a year. That’s £700 per family per year spent on food that ultimately ends up in the bin.
One third of all food produced goes to waste, making food waste responsible for 8% of all global greenhouse gas emissions, which is bad news for the environment!
Too Good To Go is a tech for good company on a mission to rescue meals that would otherwise go to waste. Through their app, they connect consumers with restaurants, cafes and food outlets, to create ‘magic bags’ full of all the delicious, perfectly edible food that stores and restaurants have to throw out at the end of the day.
When you become a ‘Waste Warrior’ through Too Good To Go, you can rescue a meal that would otherwise go to waste. You get a tasty surprise and get to do good for the environment by reducing food waste too.
B Corp Toast Ale are also working hard to reduce food waste.
In the UK, 44% of bread is wasted. Toast Ale use bakery surplus bread as a key ingredient in beer production. They donate profits to food charities that are changing the wasteful ways food is produced and helping feed vulnerable people.
Since 2015, they’ve rescued over 1 million slices of bread and donated £25,000 to charity!
How can your business prevent hunger?
Since joining B1G1 in December 2018, Ethical Hour has made 291 impacts aligned to Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger.
- Rescuing 10 restaurant meals, which would otherwise be thrown away, for disadvantaged communities around the United States.
- Supplying 45 seed packs to families in Cambodia, so they can grow their own vegetable gardens
- Providing 280 days of support to farmers in a rural village in Kenya
B1G1 make impact partnerships easy. They’re completely transparent about the charities, NGOs and organisations they partner with, so you know exactly where your money goes – and 100% of the money donated goes to the cause, because businesses pay an annual membership fee to cover the admin.
Plus, you can easily measure your impact you’re making against the Sustainable Development Goals and communicate it in a way that makes sense to your customers – so instead of talking about the percentage of your revenue you’ve donated, you can tell them how many days of impact you’ve made.
If hunger is a cause you care passionately about, or there’s a natural link to your business in some way, then building a giving back strategy that incorporates food charities would make sense to maximise your impact.
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