WFP chief: Ending global hunger by 2030 may not be possible

David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Programme. Photo by: Food and Agriculture Organization

NEW YORK — The second sustainable development goal of ending global hunger is not achievable by 2030, David Beasley, the executive director of the World Food Programme, told Devex.

“Our goal is to end world hunger by 2030. With all the conflict and all the war, it’s not even possible,” he said in an interview Sunday at the Social Good Summit in New York and ahead of Global Goals Week.

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“We've got to have more money, we've got to have more funds. Otherwise more people are going to starve and die. So what we're asking: step up with more funds, or number two, end the wars. That’s the message this week,” Beasley added.

He called for people to come together to address the conflicts that are fueling food insecurity. About 80 percent of WFP funding is now going to areas where there is conflict, Beasley said.

"All the darkness in the world can't put out the light of one little match." - World Food Programme's David Beasley at the Social Good Summit

In order to address the big challenges, governments, the private sector, and the broader public can all play a role, he said. WFP is looking to “appeal particularly to the millennials and the youth out there that are fed up with all the religious and political division,” he said.

“I think the world is looking for something to rally around, feel good about. And helping starving children ...  I can’t think of anything better to unite people than that,” he said.

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