Halal-SDGs Foodtech Future – The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development or SDGs) is a new development agreement that encourages changes that shift towards sustainable development based on human rights and equality to encourage social, economic and environmental development. SDGs are enforced with universal, integrated and inclusive principles to ensure that no one will be left behind. The SDGs consist of 17 goals and 169 targets in order to continue the efforts and achievements of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that ended late in 2015.
Eliminating hunger, achieving food security and good nutrition, and enhancing sustainable agriculture. hunger is defined as a condition resulting from a lack of chronic food consumption. In the long run, chronic hunger has a bad impact on the degree of public health and causes high public expenditure on health.
No everyone has the ease of getting the food they need, and this leads to hunger and malnutrition on a large scale in the world. Some of the world’s population today is chronically short of food and unable to get enough food to meet their minimum energy needs. Millions of children under the age of five (toddlers) suffer from chronic or acute malnutrition during the season of food shortages, seasons of hunger and social unrest, this figure continues to increase.
Many factors cause starvation such as poverty, instability in the government system, the use of environment that exceeds capacity, discrimination and powerlessness such as children, women, and the elderly. Likewise, limited food subsidies, rising food prices, declining real income and high unemployment are the main factors causing hunger. The goals of SDGs number 2 are to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. This goal is in line with Indonesia’s development priorities that are embedded in the priorities of food security and job creation.
Kavadya Syska, Coordinator of Food Technology Study Program, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Nahdlatul Ulama Purwokerto said that in order to contribute to the SDGs Program, the Food Technology Study Program developed the SDGs Center which focused on the second SDGs target, namely No Hunger. SDGs Center Food Technology Study Program is a binding of four fields of study in the Food Technology Study Program, namely: (1) Food biochemistry, nutrition, and health, (2) Food chemistry and analysis, (3) Food engineering and processing, and (4) Microbiology and food safety.
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