SDG2: ZERO HUNGER

The 2nd goal of the Sustainable Development Goals calls for zero hunger, achieving food security, improving nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture by increasing economic growth and agricultural productivity.

In order to implement these steps, it is imperative to adopt agricultural rationalization, land reclamation and employment policies in rural areas, in addition to encouraging initiatives aimed at helping the needy and implementing laws related to the distribution of food surplus to those in need months before its expiration date within the terms of safety and public health.

Lebanon, which does not suffer from acute or chronic nutritional imbalances, differs in the concept of hunger from the rest of the countries whose large population suffers from chronic hunger. We find in Lebanon “hotspots of hunger” in some rural areas or the suburbs of marginalized cities.

The second goal of the sustainable development goals is one of the work pillars of the UN “Food and Agriculture Organization” (FAO) in Lebanon, in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Environment, the Lebanese University and a number of local and international partners.

The action plan of FAO and its partners in Lebanon addresses two main areas:

  • Improving livelihoods and economic opportunities for communities most vulnerable to poverty;

  • Enhancing the performance of the agricultural sector, particularly in the field of sustainable economic, social, environmental and rural development;

  • Supporting agricultural production systems in order to overcome production and marketing constraints, encourage investment in agriculture, support owners of small agricultural projects, and support agricultural cooperatives and producer associations;

  • Enhancing the resilience of local communities hosting Syrian refugees by supporting investments in agricultural infrastructure and agri-food value chains to create jobs and secure livelihoods.

In this regard, the Lebanese University works on several levels to contribute to achieving SDG 2, whether by supporting small rural agricultural projects or empowering women and encouraging them to produce in their environment or through humanitarian and social initiatives, in which students and professors participate, or by participating in survey and research studies carried out by the Research Center of the Institute of Social Sciences.

For example, and based on the national and humanitarian responsibility, students of the Faculty of Letters & Human Sciences (Branch 3) participated in the activities of "Mataam Al Mahabba", and provided assistance in preparing and distributing food to those in need.

As part of "Mataam Al Mahabba" events organized by "Fakkir B Ghayrak" Association in Al Mina - Tripoli, which provides poor families with a free daily lunch five days a week and hold humanitarian activities, students from the Lebanese University - Faculty of Letters & Human Sciences (Branch 3) participated in this event along with the Branch Director, Dr. Jacqueline Ayoub.

During the event, students volunteered to assist in preparing food for clients and visitors, carrying out all kitchen works (cooking, cleaning, etc.), in addition to organizing the rooms.

The LU students were received by Robert Ayoub, founder of the Association, who briefed them about the Association’s activities, goals, nature of its work and the services provided.

The students promised to participate again in such activities which reflect the University vision and strives to implement the principle of participatory volunteer work and social service, thus contributing to address matters related to community development.

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