Global Youth Forum for Food, Agriculture and Land (GYFAL) organized a “Youth March against Hunger” on October 16, United Nation’s World Food Day. GYFAL is an official participant of UN Secretary General´s Zero Hunger Challenge.
The march was organized to raise awareness amongst young people on food insecurity and hunger and encourage young people to take action for zero hunger. The march commenced from Maitighar Mandala at 4PM and ended at New Baneshwor at 5 PM. For the date, October 16, GYFAL had declared the Zero Hunger Hour between 4 PM-5 PM local time in Nepal.
After the march converged into an event in New Baneshwor, GYFAL’s International Secretary said, “Now, global youth movement against hunger has been publicly launched from Nepal and this movement will spread all over the world.” Another young zero hunger activist Miss Sabina Thapa said, “ The time has come for all the young people to take action for zero hunger to avoid future conflict and war as 795 million people still suffer from hunger and there would be 9 billion hungry people by the year 2030 if we did not take action now.”
GYFAL is a common forum that facilitates the global partnership and participation of young people at local, national and international level to address food insecurity through country-wise representation and collective advocacy and action. GYFAL was launched on UN World Food Day 2014 for strengthening global youth movement against hunger by uniting people from across the world for zero hunger.
According to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO), 1 in 9 people go to bed hungry every night. By 2050, there will be 9 billion hungry people in the world and less farmland and resources than there’s ever been. Some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. The vast majority of the world’s hungry people live in developing countries, where 12.9 per cent of the population is undernourished. Asia is the continent with the most hungry people - two thirds of the total. The percentage of the hungry in southern Asia has fallen in recent years but in western Asia it has increased slightly. General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA) adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on September 25-27, as new development agendas and cooperation across the globe.