A Challenge for International Cooperation

  • Having enough and sufficiently nutritious food is an inalienable human right. Every child, every woman, and every man has the right to live on healthy, diverse, and affordable food. It is the premise of a healthy, productive, and self-determined life. Yet, there are not only 800 million people going to bed hungry every day, there are also 2 billion people who suffer from hidden hunger, lacking valuable micronutrients like vitamins, zinc, or iron. They are more often ill, too weak to work in the fields, or to go to school. Of these, 80% of the people live in rural areas, 26% of children under 5 years are stunted, and 3 million children die every year as a consequence of hidden hunger. The causes of hidden hunger are as diverse as the consequences: cultivating monocultures depletes soils of nutrients and people in poverty want to fill their stomachs before they worry about a balanced diet. The quality of food is subordinated to its quantity and many women and men never learn about the importance of healthy nutrition or their right to it. This shows the challenges that are posed for sustainable development and, thus, for international development cooperation. The sustainable development goals (SDGs) take up these challenges and provide a framework for tackling them. Although SDG 2 “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture” is the most prominent goal in relation to hidden hunger, most of the other goals are related to it as they are either a prerequisite or an outcome of the action against hidden hunger. In its strategic framework, Bread for the World sets out different focal sectors, all of which tackle, either directly or indirectly, causes and consequences of hidden hunger. One of the sectors addresses sustainable agriculture and rural development, where projects are implemented by partner organizations worldwide and concern not just the quantity, but also and especially the quality of food. Yet, the majority of incoming funding requests are not concerned with hidden hunger directly. Yet a variety of project approaches consider influencing factors for hidden hunger.

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Document Type:Part of a Book
Author:Claudia Warning
Parent Title (English):Biesalski, Birner (Eds): Hidden Hunger: Strategies to Improve Nutrition Quality. World Rev Nutr Diet., vol 118
First Page:65
Last Page:76
Place of publication:Basel
Date of first publication:2018/04/13
Departments, institutes and facilities:Internationales Zentrum für Nachhaltige Entwicklung (IZNE)
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):3 Sozialwissenschaften / 36 Soziale Probleme, Sozialdienste / 363 Andere soziale Probleme und Sozialdienste
Entry in this database:2018/05/04