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Jakarta Post

Indonesia 'Road to Zero Hunger' campaign kicks off in Bandung

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 9, 2018   /   11:09 am
Indonesia 'Road to Zero Hunger' campaign kicks off in Bandung Participants make a meal at the Masak Akhir Pekan (Cooking on the Weekend) event in Bandung as part of the FAO campaign (FAO/-)

FAO Indonesia has kicked off its campaign for World Food Day in Bandung under the banner Road to Zero Hunger.  

The campaign, which started on Aug. 5, is part of an awareness-raising programme for Indonesians, especially the youth and millennials, about food and nutrition issues in reaching zero hunger by 2030 as mandated under the Sustainable Development Goals.

"We want everyone, especially young people as well as food and culinary influencers, to realize that we still have many challenges to stop hunger in Indonesia by 2030, which include simple actions like eating more diverse foods, avoiding food waste and cooking meals correctly to improve nutrition,” Stephen Rudgard, the FAO representative in Indonesia, said in a statement on Thursday.

The campaign team will be on the road from August until October in four cities in Indonesia, including Yogyakarta, Kendari, Jakarta and Banjarmasin.

The campaign is working under the global theme of World Food Day "Our Actions are Our Future; Zero Hunger 2030 is possible".

According to the United Nations, more than 815 million people still suffer from chronic malnutrition, and the number has increased by 38 million since 2015. In Indonesia, 20 million people are still experiencing food insecurity and one in three children in Indonesia, even in West Java, experience chronic malnutrition or stunting.

FAO Indonesia partnered with community activators to stage an event called Masak Akhir Pekan (Cooking on the Weekend) in Bandung, which included discussions with students of Padjdajaran University’s Faculty of Food Industry about Indonesia’s path to reach zero hunger. (jun)