WFP and the Zero Hunger Challenge

WFP and the Zero Hunger Challenge
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The Zero Hunger Challenge is a global call-to-action which aims to build support around the vision of achieving Zero Hunger. It was launched by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and calls on everyone – governments, the private sector, NGOs, the public – to do their part to turn the vision into a reality. It is all based on a shared conviction that hunger can be eliminated in our lifetimes.

What does Zero Hunger look like?

There are five key elements in the ZHC vision:

1.    Zero stunted children less than 2 years
2.    100% access to adequate food all year round
3.    All food systems are sustainable
4.    100% increase in smallholder productivity and income
5.    Zero loss or waste of food

How does WFP fit in?

WFP exists to end hunger. Working with our partners in the UN, it is our mission. In fact, our work around the world contributes to each of the five elements of the Zero Hunger Challenge. If you look at the four objectives in our strategic plan, you will see how they each help achieve the broad vision of zero hunger.
WFP plays a leading role in the area of stunting and access to food – the first two elements. Our work fighting malnutrition is fundamental to the vision of zero stunting, while school meals programmes and food voucher schemes help ensure the poor have access to food even during a crisis.
Meanwhile, our work with smallholder farmers also makes important contributions to the other three parts of the zero hunger vision. You can learn more by visiting the Zero Hunger Challenge website.

Three routes to zero hunger

Nutrition support

This is Mylande with her 2-year-old son Michael.  They live in Haiti. Mylande goes to a health centre regularly to pick up nutritious food from WFP for her kids. As a result, Michael has avoided one of the effects of malnutrition – stunting – in the critical early part of his life. (Element 1 – stunting)

School meals 

This is Sumi. She's six and lives in Choto Omarpur, Bangladesh. She receives nutritious food from WFP every day at school as part of a school meals programme. This means that even if her family falls on hard times, she will have access to some nutritious food. (Element  2 – access to food)


Help for poor farmers

This is Kolastica, with her three daughters. Kolastica used to be a subsistence farmer in Uganda. Then she took part in a WFP initiative that gave practical advice on farming and selling her produce. Now she earns 10 times as much, meaning she can feed and care for her family much better. (Element 4 – smallholder productivity)