SurfAid Joins UN in Battle Against Hunger

Thursday, June 08, 2017


Photo by Jo

Tonight, 795 million people will go to bed hungry. That’s 1 in 9 people worldwide. Poor nutrition causes nearly 1 of every 2 deaths in children under 5. That’s 3.1 million children each year.

The countries in South Asia face the greatest hunger burden, with about 281 million undernourished people.
A significant portion of these 281 million people  are people living in remote, rural regions of Indonesia – places where SurfAid works.
 
Eastern Indonesia is currently entering their dry season, often referred to as the Hungry Season. It is 9 months long.
 
The local communities are mostly subsistence farmers, but food insecurity due to drought, poor soil quality and poverty make feeding their families a daily struggle.
 
As a result of chronic food shortages, nearly 2 in 3 children under the age of 5 are underweight or suffer from severe malnutrition or stunting.

Photo by Bob Barker
 
SurfAid’s programmes contribute to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda – Sustainable Development Goal #2 – Zero Hunger, because food security and nutrition are not only fundamental human rights; they are foundational building blocks necessary for improved health and economic development.
 
In order to sustainably achieve food security and improve nutrition, SurfAid’s programmes implement the following:
 
Nutrition Gardens and Agricultural Training: SurfAid works with families to establish vegetable gardens and seed banks. Resilient and nutritional varieties of crops are provided and appropriate farming techniques are strengthened or introduced to increase yields.

Cooking Classes: Veggies harvested from the nutrition gardens are used in SurfAid’s cooking classes that teach parents how to prepare delicious and nutritious meals that children like to eat.

Small Business Development: Once food security is established, the increase in yield and quality of crops supports micro-businesses. With sufficient surplus, local markets are created.

Photo by Gonggam
 
SurfAid recognises that agricultural improvements alone cannot solve hunger and malnutrition. Better crop yields, combined with better health and hygiene practices, and education about how to prepare new foods together tackle chronic stunting and malnourishment in children.
 
With the help of our supporters, SurfAid’s programmes are delivering some remarkable results. In Sumbawa, the rate of underweight children under 5 has fallen from 27% to 20% over the last 2 years.
 
But the fight continues.
 
Join SurfAid as we work alongside the UN and other global development organisations to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.




What are the Sustainable Development Goals?
 
In 2000, the world set out on a plan to tackle inequality in its many forms through the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It was an ambitious 15-year plan, with solid progress made in some areas by 2015, but significant work remaining.
 
After years of global planning and review, in 2016 the world began working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with measurable targets set to be achieved by 2030.
 
SurfAid’s programmes contribute to a number of the SDGs as we do our part to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.