Food, for good!


Since 2015, the world hunger population started to gradually increase after decades reducing, according to the report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Currently, there are over 820 million people are suffering from hunger, it is one-ninth of the world’s population. Over 3.1 million children aged below 5 are dead due to the lack of nutrition, and it is a 45% proportion of the 5-year-old death in total worldly. Lately, according to the World Food Programme, the number of hungry people would even be doubled in the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, as per estimated statistics, 2 billion people who are hunger will be added in the world till 2050. It is severely challenging the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of Zero Hunger which is aim to eliminating the hunger by 2030 and ensure all people can attain enough nutrition and food every year.       

Picture 1: The number of hunger increased since 2015
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“Enough is enough!”

This shout could easily come from a tired mum who is annoyed and frustrated with her 3-year old. Or this could be a strong determination, the first step of an empowered person rising up from the ashes. But what if this comes from our long awaiting and long-suffered Planet Earth? What happens if Mother Nature cries out for help in a desperate state?

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No poverty: challenge and possibility

One of the world’s sustainable development goals is to eliminate all forms of poverty around the world by 2030. Although the global poverty rate has fallen by more than half since 2000, there are still more than 780 million people living below the international poverty line of $1.90 a day. More than 11% of the world’s population lives in extreme poverty, and the most basic needs such as medical care, education, water, and sanitation facilities cannot be met. Many countries in East and Southeast Asia have made significant progress, but in sub-Saharan Africa, 42% of people still live below the poverty line.

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When Nature Serves as Inspiration: Social Circular Economy and Social Enterprises

Life in nature is based on circles and cycles. Seasons, planets, apples, time and human lives all follow in their co-existence the circular patterns and cyclical movements. This has been a well-known fact for the traditional native peoples in different continents. Since the industrial revolution, the Western view, however, has seen life as something linear, as something that starts and ends, like projects that are launched, exist for a while and are then done and dusted.

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Global Challenges & Possibilities: blog introduction

Global Challenges & Possibilities within Social Services is a complementary course offered at Laurea Tikkurila. During this course, we will find out more about these global challenges and possibilities we are facing today. How can social work deal with these challenges and how can we together create a better world?

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