Technology for hunger — Sustainable Development Goals in relation for bridging

Technology for hunger.jpgThere is no doubt of innovation for foster development and resilience infrastructure development in a nation. No area is immune from effects of innovative technology with rapid growing and rendering social calendar of people around the world. Nobody wants to stop the technology and feel incomplete without technology even in group or alone, especially if to show off. In case of wondering how such technology is affordable to hunger who cannot even afford his grains. It would be innovative and sustainable if a hunger, from war zone and crisis, could afford the technology rather than a matter of show off. Development actors, donors, national and international community and no other than scholar and academicians should enter into a dialogue to bridge technology and livelihood of people in a way that a hunger would have no feelings of hungry next morning rather than as a burden or expensive item just for show off.

Incorporating technology into livelihood for sustainable development is core mission of innovation in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. Goal #9 is though talking about foster innovation; the technology is inter-connected with every goals of SDGs. But, still everyone is dilemma of implementation of technology for hunger. And it is not easy to address directly to hunger or poverty. But, it is also hard to meet within timeframe of SDGs – 2030.

Before implementing any technology in ground, sustainable measures should be considered. Appropriate technology and affordable are two major pillars of sustainability of technology. Let’s take an example of poverty and hunger in this context.

836 million people still live in extreme poverty which is often found in small, fragile and conflict-affected countries and about one in five persons in developing regions, majority from two regions: Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, lives on less than $1.25 per day. Can a poverty afford technology that we are talking about? And, is it appropriate to them? There is still a quest to testify the technology for poverty since 42,000 people had to abandon their homes to seek protection due to conflict every day in 2014. If we could ignore those conflicts – whatever manmade or natural, the technology should be able to address livelihood of poor very closely rather than taking as show off or burden in their livelihood and it is not an easy task for development actors around the world, especially for those who are working in least developed countries like Nepal.

If hunger can directly eat technology, one in nine people in the world today would not be undernourished like 795 million are undernourished globally. And again 12.9 per cent people in Asia are undernourished along with threat of food security. Connecting technology for hunger is core challenge for players and it won’t be and easy attempt to establish their performance in order because hunger and food security are also multi-dimensional status like poverty nowadays. However, it seems easy to inter-connect people for other goals of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, like quality education, economic, clear water, justice and other goals.

Clear understanding of technology implementation with core mission of good technology governance and development prospective are immense essence of requirement in actors of development with technology. There are many initiations which is not actually addressing actual ground realities and those implementation tear for nothing due to lack of core essence of sustainability approach.


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