According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Asia Pacific region still has 490 million hungry people in their midst, more than any other region.

Furthermore, in spite of the importance of childhood nutrition and significant progress in the last 25 years, global childhood hunger is still widespread. Every year, 3.1 million children die (8,500 children per day) due to poor nutrition globally. In the developing world alone, 66 million children of primary school age go to school hungry. Research shows, insecurity in childhood can limit a child’s cognitive and socio-emotional development, and therefore long-term productivity and economic potential.

At Kellogg’s we are looking to tackle this lingering presence of hunger in line with goal #2 of the UN SDG’s through our “Breakfasts for Better Days” program. The agenda is bold, including not only donating 2.5 billion servings of food to people in need and expanding breakfast programs to reach 2 million children, but also working to improve the livelihoods of farming families and communities, including those who grow our ingredients through sustainable agriculture and reducing post-harvest food loss and reduce hunger.

One lesson we have learned through our programs is the importance of partnerships and collaboration in driving lasting change towards ensuring that no child starts the day hungry. Another learning is that we need to go beyond meal donations and focus on building sustainability for the future. To do this, we are working with local farmers to create sustainable agricultural practices through educating and providing support for building resilience and increased climate-smart agriculture.

Effective partnerships help to direct financial and non-financial resources to deliver measurable, tangible contributions that address hunger, and focus on getting breakfast to more people, and ensuring no child should go to school hungry.

Read the full article about philanthropic partnerships by Rebecca Boustead at AVPN.