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SDG 2: Zero Hunger

Seen as the probably greatest solvable problem on the planet hunger affects the lives of over 840 million people who go to bed hungry every night. That fact leaves us with a number of 795 million people undernourished. The vast majority of those people live in developing countries. Neither unusual nor very surprising large-scale problems like hunger affect mostly the weakest, but most important part of our society and our future – the children. Poor nutrition causes nearly half of the deaths of children younger than five years old, which sums up to 3.1 million deaths each year. One in four of the world’s children suffers stunted growth, mostly due to hunger and malnutrition. Just in Africa 23 million primary school-age children have to attend classes hungry. Those overwhelming and dramatically high numbers of human suffering display the inequity and ineffectiveness in the global production and distribution of human kind’s basic need – food.

SDG 2

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A view point on the variables of global food production

(c) Luisa Escobar

(c) Luisa Escobar

On October 23th, 2016 Vandana Shiva joined the Festival des Libertés (in collaboration with SOS Faim) in Bruxelles to talk about the deficits and challenges in food security.

Vandana Shiva was born in India in the 1950ties where she already learned from her parents, who left their jobs to become farmers, about the importance of the land. She finished her PhD in quantum physics in Canada and continued in inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy when returning to India.

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No Poverty und Zero Hunger in Wien

Nach der Sommerpause melden wir uns im neuen Wintersemester mit vollem Elan zurück. In den kommenden Monaten wollen wir uns, wie auch das restliche Programm von oikos Vienna, an den Sustainable Development Goals der Vereinten Nationen (UN) – kurz den SDGS orientieren, die Ende letzten Jahres verkündet wurden und seit dem 1. Jänner 2016 in Kraft getreten sind. Jeden Monat werden wir uns zwei der insgesamt siebzehn Gesamtziele widmen. Im Oktober bzw. November liegt der Fokus auf „No Poverty“ und „Zero Hunger“.

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