This Goal aims to end hunger and malnutrition by 2030, and to ensure everyone has access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round. It also aims to increase agricultural productivity, especially for small-scale producers; and ensure sustainable food production systems. Read more on the UN SDGs website…
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), about 795 million people are undernourished globally. The FAO website has a useful explanation of what causes hunger.
You could use this film clip to start a lesson about sustainable agriculture. Produced by ActionAid India, it introduces us to a collective of women farmers who explain how sustainable farming not only increases the income for the farmers, it also promotes food and ecological security for the generations to come.
Here are some teaching ideas for exploring this Goal through different subjects:
English / Mother tongue: Analyse media stories and write newspaper-style reports on hunger issues and situations.
Maths: Calculate nutrition requirements for different people depending on age, activity levels and health; analyse and display the energy value of different food types using charts and graphs.
Geography: Looking at the FAO’s Hunger Map and researching why some countries have been better at tackling hunger than others. Study classic recipes from different parts of the world and analyse how the ingredients used relate to the climate and other geographic characteristics of the area.
History: Analyse and compare characteristics of historic famine episodes with chronic hunger situations today.
Science: Study how plants grow, focusing on water, light, heat and nutrient requirements and processes; grow pot plants in the classroom and experiment with different water, light, heat and nutrient conditions.
The DevelopmentEducation.ie website has a useful set of pages exploring the issue of hunger.
Lesson plan: The World Is Not Equal. Is That Fair? – 60 mins, ages 11 to 14. Suitable for Citizenship, Social Studies.
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