By Ike Ezugwu.

Today is Word Food Day!

Today, our attention is drawn to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), especially as it affects eradication of extreme poverty and hunger. As we are aware, the United Nations Millennium Development Goals are eight goals that all 191 UN member states have agreed to try to achieve by the year 2015. The United Nations Millennium Declaration,signed in September 2000 commits world leaders to combat poverty, hunger,disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation, and discrimination against women. The MDGs are derived from this Declaration, and all have specific targets and indicators.

How far?

The Zero Hunger goal has become a huge joke; a mockery!

Is the Zero Hunger goal still achievable? 

The said 2015 has come and gone and we have, in the face of failure to deliver the goals, have refocused in “The Sustainable Development Goals”. This is the new “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by addressing the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030. Is this deadline feasible? Yes….if we are dedicated towards achieving the goals.

What’s next?

Nations have failed to meet these goals. Countries have failed to save their people from hunger and poverty! States haven’t done any better! Poverty everywhere!

Our tasks today should be to reflect on “extreme hunger and poverty” and seek solutions to these, as well as other critical goals set by the nations.  We cannot fold our hands and bemoan our fate. We must begin to do something concrete and tangible to help eradicate hunger at various levels – communities, towns, states, etc.  This is very possible if states and nations get committed to the MDGs. The youths must be involved! Obviously,”the food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development, and is central for hunger and poverty eradication” but we must do more. Everybody, especially the youths, should be encouraged to join the campaign against hunger.

Youth Entrepreneurship Projects should be encouraged. These are projects that empower social entrepreneurs, especially young people to create a culture for entrepreneurship; promote innovation and entrepreneurial education and engage in hunger reduction to make the world a better place for all. This should be our focus today and in the near future.

Ike Ezugwu wrote from Lagos, Nigeria.

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