Why the Community
for Zero Hunger?

Approximately 815 million people around the world suffer from malnutrition and hunger. The Zero Hunger Challenge was launched by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2012 to tackle food security challenges and ensure access to nutritious food by all.

The Zero hunger vision reflects five elements from within the Sustainable Development goals, which taken together, can end hunger, eliminate all forms of malnutrition, and build inclusive and sustainable food systems. 

The challenge of Zero Hunger means:

  1. All Food Systems are Sustainable: From Production to Consumption
  2. An End to Rural Poverty: Double Small-scale Producer Incomes and Productivity
  3. Adapt All Food Systems to Eliminate Loss or Waste of Food
  4. Access Adequate Food and Healthy Diets, for all People, all Year Round
  5. An End to Malnutrition in all its Forms

About the Community for Zero Hunger

Growing demand for nutritious food requires a collaborative, large-scale community response. We launched the Community for Zero Hunger as an independent initiative to deliver a specific response to support the Zero Hunger Challenge.

The Community for Zero Hunger draws on the expertise and insights of international agencies, governments, academic and research institutions, private sector and non-governmental organizations all working together to identify effective and sustainable solutions to each aspect of the Zero Hunger Challenge.

Our goals:

  1. Establish a dynamic platform for country and community perspectives, experiences and advice
  2. Demonstrate that large-scale impact can be realized when we leverage our best assets - people, insights, experiences and tools - to tackle hunger and malnutrition 
  3. Spur new multi-sectoral collaborations that respond to country and community needs
  4. Reinforce that every generation, every sector, everywhere has a role in realizing a Zero Hunger World

Our implentation plan:

Global Consultation: Interviews with local-level international organizations, non-profits, non-governmental organizations, foundations, policymakers, companies and others to identify specific priorities, needs and experiences to meet the Zero Hunger Challenge

Curating Experiences: Experience mapping of companies, civil society groups and public sector organizations to uncover experiences, technologies, research, services and other knowledge that can be applied to context-specific gaps that affect our collective ability to deliver a hunger-free world

Mobilizing Communication: Development of a report and open-access online resource highlighting experience mapping results and opportunities for collaboration and knowledge-sharing across sectors

Who is involved?

The Community for Zero Hunger brings together world leaders to advise and inform its work.

Advisors & Staff »

The Lancet 2013 Series on Maternal and Child Nutrition, Executive Summary:

"The scale, know-how, reach, financial resources, and existing involvement of the private sector in actions that affect nutrition status is well known. Yet there are still too few independent and rigorous assessments of the effectiveness of involvement of the commercial sector in nutrition....Opportunities exist for collaboration around advocacy, monitoring, value chains, technical and scientific collaboration, and staple-food fortification that are uncontentious and deserve further exploration."