You can help get food to children in need this week, and maybe even have fun at the same time. In honor of World Food Day, which raises awareness every Oct. 16 about global hunger and the fight to end it, Google Play is joining forces with the World Food Programme (WFP), the food assistance branch of the United Nations. Through Google Play's first-ever "charity collection" of 12 featured apps and games, 100 percent of Android users' designated in-app purchases will be donated to World Food Program USA through Saturday, Oct. 21. The apps include Jurassic World: The Game, Dragon City, Cooking Fever, and WFP's own hunger-fighting app, ShareTheMeal. "I believe innovation is at the heart of creating a world with zero hunger."
World Food Day represents a time for people to take action against hunger. Sunday marks the day where people are encouraged to come together and pledge their commitment to put an end to world hunger. First established in 1979, World Food day celebrates the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and is observed by millions of people around the world. This year's theme is "Climate is Changing. There are several ways to observe this day whether you attend an event or find your own way to give back, the key is to bring attention to the issue.
The United Nations has set a goal of eradicating hunger and malnutrition by 2030. Although the prevalence of hunger has declined in recent years, the lack of access to adequate and nutritious food remains an insatiable challenge across the globe. As World Hunger Day is observed on Sunday, here's a look at what's behind the continuing prevalence of hunger around the world. That's 795 million people on the planet who suffer from chronic hunger, according to the United Nations World Food Program The U.N. forecasts that an additional 2 billion people will be lacking food by 2050. In addition, 1 in 3 people suffer from some form of malnutrition, which means they lack sufficient vitamins and minerals in their diet, which can lead to health issues such as stunted growth in children.
The United Nations has described hunger as "the world's greatest solvable problem." And the situation has improved massively in the last few decades. The ambitious target now is to end hunger by 2030. This is one of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, established in 2015. SPIEGEL ONLINE is taking a closer look at these goals in the series Expedition BeyondTomorrow.
World hunger is increasing, and violent conflicts around the globe and climate change have been the primary causes for the worsening food insecurity, according to a new report released by the United Nations (UN). The number of undernourished people across the world has increased from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016, which accounts for about 11 percent of total world population, the report says. The 132-page report titled, "The State Of Food Security And Nutrition In The World Building Resilience For Peace And Food Security," underlines a significant increase in global hunger for the first time in more than a decade. "Over the past decade, conflicts have risen dramatically in number and become more complex and intractable in nature," the heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the United Nations Children's Fund, the World Food Programme and the World Health Organization said in their joint foreword to the report that was released Friday. "This has set off alarm bells we cannot afford to ignore: we will not end hunger and all forms of malnutrition by 2030 unless we address all the factors that undermine food security and nutrition.