While hunger robs children of their full potential, zero hunger can change everything, freeing families and whole communities to focus on their futures. That’s why the UN Secretary-General launched the Zero Hunger Challenge in 2012(Link opens in a new window) — a global initiative that calls on governments, the private sector and the public to join together to build a world without hunger.
To contribute to the challenge, the Unilever Foundation is supporting the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Home Grown School Meals Programme. The programme helps smallholder farmers increase the quality and quantity of their crops, which can then be sold to local schools meals programmes, creating sustainable markets for the farmers. These locally sourced ingredients are used to cook nutritious school meals that provide a strong incentive for children to attend class and stay in school. At the same time, parents and teachers are empowered to manage and take ownership of their own school meals programmes.
Since 2007 Unilever has provided over $26 million of support to WFP. In 2014 alone, this support will enable WFP to provide over 9 million school meals in countries, including Bangladesh, Indonesia, Kenya, Ecuador, Myanmar and the Philippines.
1 Source: State of Food Insecurity in the World, FAO, 2014.