A Time for Action – A Pledge for Global Goal 2: Zero Hunger

In this article Raymond Van Neste writes about the amazing and consistent work that the World Food Programme (WFP) does on a daily basis to save the lives of millions of people globally.  

This article is a resource for ESL English Language Teachers and it highlights the amazing and needed work of the WFP.  The part that the WFP plays in today’s world is a crucial part of the achievement of Global Goal 2: Zero Hunger.  Only with the continued work of the WFP and the work of governments globally can this Global Goal be achieved. 


Raymond Van Neste

9 July 2018




The Work of the WFP

The WFP is the world’s number one provider of food assistance providing emergency relief in just about every circumstance and situation, wherever there is war, disaster, drought, floods, earthquakes and civil conflict. The WFP works with a sustainable approach by looking at the root causes which in turn enables communities to gain strength and resilience in the midst of terror and conflict and in the long term.


For example, the WFP provides long term programmes for mothers and children where nutrition and saving lives are the main aim.  Each year, between 20-25 million children in 63 countries benefit in terms of nutrition and school meals.

On the WFP website it states: “In a world where we produce enough food to feed everyone, 815 million people – one in nine – still go to bed on an empty stomach each night.  Also, one in three  – suffer from some form of malnutrition (WFP website).

Zero Hunger (Global Goal 2)

Having enough food to sustain people’s lives is one of the WFP’s aims and indeed it has taken the Global Goal pledge to: end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture’.

The WFP’s general message is that ‘zero hunger’ can be achieved by 2030 (this is the date in which the UN is aiming at to have fulfilled all of the global goals), but only if the world as a whole becomes involved and this means investment and a willingness by governments worldwide to take action before too much time elapses.

Terrible suffering

Hunger and malnutrition on such a huge scale, as stated, means that there is widespread suffering.  This suffering is not just as a result of severe hunger but as a result of war and the consequences of war.  The reasons for hunger and not having enough food to eat in order to sustain life are often because war and violence have meant that millions of people are displaced.

People who are displaced to this extent most of the time don’t have any food at all and this can go on for weeks and months.  This in turn affects people’s lives not only in terms of starvation or not having the right kind of food to eat but by increasing their chances of getting serious disease and dying.

Such a situation means that for the people concerned, the basic human needs for food and shelter not to mention things like employment or education, a place to live in without being in fear of their family’s lives or their own life, these things don’t exist.  Consequently, the loss in terms of human life and human development, especially regarding children and young people, is without a doubt one of the biggest tragedies of our world today.

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