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Food distribution systems
The declaration of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, following the
agreement of more than 150 countries set a precedence of protecting our planet, ending poverty,
and promoting sustainable development. The UN Sustainable Development Goals included 17
cardinal goals that in overall targeted the promotion of sustainable development by setting
targets that were to be achieved in the next 15 years since the year 2015 [1]. Our topic, food
distribution systems will fall under Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved
nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. This goal seeks to achieve zero hunger by the
year 2030 by ensuring access to safe, nutritious, and sufficient food supply, especially by poor
people in the vulnerable areas [1].
Food distribution systems matters a lot in achieving the UN Sustainable Development
Goal 2. In particular, it is important to focus on research in regard to this area because
freshwater, oceans, forests and biodiversity are rapidly being degraded. Additionally, climate
change is putting even more pressure on the resources we depend on [1]. However, food
security is yet to be achieved despite the world spread practice of agriculture. It is for this case
that I feel zero hunger and food security lies in the hands of efficient food distribution systems.
There is need for more research on the ways we can best improve food distribution systems
from the point of production, processing, transport, and consumption if indeed we set to realize
the UN Sustainable Development Goal on zero hunger by 2030.
Additionally, in advancing the research on realizing zero hunger as outlined in the UN
Sustainable Development Goal 2 of 2015, I will use the following journal articles as my
sources: The Role of Food and Nutrition System Approaches in Tackling Hidden Hunger and
When Hungry People See Leaner Meals: Hunger Reduces Calorie Evaluations. The two
articles are instrumental in highlighting the importance of effectively addressing the issue of
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hunger through food systems and relooking on the issue of nutrition. For instance, article, When
Hungry People See Leaner Meals: Hunger Reduces Calorie Evaluations, approaches the issue
of hunger by pointing out the relationship of calories with hunger, where it was found that low
calories were the reason for high levels of hunger [2]. Further, article, The Role of Food and
Nutrition System Approaches in Tackling Hidden Hunger, complements the above article by
addressing hunger in terms of chronic micronutrient deficiencies by exploring the
interrelationships of food, environment, and health, and how they affect nutrition [3: 358–373].
The two articles basically highlight the relevance of focusing our efforts on hunger reduction
by addressing important pointers related to it such as food systems and nutrition.
However, the two aforementioned articles have differing approaches of solving the zero
hunger goals. The article, The Role of Food and Nutrition System Approaches in Tackling
Hidden Hunger, advocates for holistic method of addressing nutrition and food security by
focusing on the underlying institutional, social, and economic factors that affect food and
nutrition systems [3: 358–373]. The article concludes by calling for need to address long-term
hidden hunger from a wider multi-sector strategy. On the other end, article, When Hungry
People See Leaner Meals: Hunger Reduces Calorie Evaluations, is of the view that in
addressing hunger, we need to focus our attention on consumer health on the basis of calorie
estimates [2]. The article also highlights the importance of educating consumers on the need to
undertake calorie evaluation in their consumption decisions as part of enhancing good nutrition,
and in overall addressing the issue of hunger.
References
[1] United Nations. “UN Sustainable Development Goal: Sustainable Development goal 2,”
2017. Retrieved on 9th Oct 2017 from https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg2
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[2] A. Tal and B. Wansink, “When Hungry People See Leaner Meals: Hunger Reduces Calorie
Evaluations, “Advances in Consumer Research, 2013.
[3] Francesco, B., Jessica & Emile, F. “The Role of Food and Nutrition System Approaches
in Tackling Hidden Hunger.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public
Health, (2) (2011), 358-373. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3084466/

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