Ending Food Insecurity
“One of our most fundamental rights as human beings is freedom from hunger. And something that connects us all, on a fundamental level, is food. Everyone eats. Everyone needs food. Yet around 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That is about one in nine people on earth.”
– Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations
Food insecurity, or being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food, is a major challenge for many across the globe. Poverty and poor harvesting practices, as well as food waste, have contributed to food insecurity. Wars and conflict have also had a negative impact on the availability of food and have led to destruction of the environment, which is critical to grow food. Today, there are nearly 800 million people who suffer from hunger worldwide, the vast majority in developing countries.
Extreme hunger and malnutrition remains a barrier to sustainable development and creates a trap from which people cannot easily escape, especially in developing countries. Hunger and malnutrition mean less productive individuals, who are more prone to disease and thus often unable to earn more and improve their livelihoods. Undernutrition can also cause irreversible damage to both individuals and society. Obesity in childhood is a growing problem in all regions.
The world needs to produce at least 50% more food to feed 9 billion people by 2050. Unless we change how we grow our food and better manage our use of soil, air, and water, food security—especially for the world’s poorest—will be at risk. In this committee, delegates will come together to find a solution to achieve food security and improved nutrition, promote sustainable agriculture, and end hunger.