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Local diets needed to achieve zero hunger

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 10 2018   /  01:43 am

This year, the World Food Day celebration promoted an ambitious vision: realizing a #ZeroHunger world by 2030, and became an opportunity to show a national commitment towards the realization of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 2. Tackling the challenge of hunger and malnutrition in all its forms will be essential to achieve the SDGs as it acts as a catalyst in improving the outcomes of all 17 SDG indicators.

Yet, Indonesia’s hunger statistics are going in the wrong direction. Last year’s Global Hunger Index indicated that Indonesia was classified as a country with a serious level of hunger in ASEAN. As a result of chronic under-nutrition during the first vital 1,000 days of life, the stunting rate is alarming.

The Health Ministry’s Basic Health Survey, conducted in 2013, revealed that 37.2 percent of children under 5 were stunted. While more recent data ind...