We live in a world where several major drivers have contributed to worsening food insecurity, hunger, and malnutrition. Despite recent efforts from the international community to reduce all forms of hunger and its complicated facets, the world is still off track to reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger.

According to the 2021 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) report, 3 billion people are unable to have a healthy diet because of income inequality and the high cost of maintaining healthy diets. One in 3 people did not have access to adequate food in 2020 — an increase of almost 320 million people since 2019.

The pandemic has caused the number of people suffering from hunger and malnutrition, especially children, to increase and is threatening the most vulnerable communities. We partnered with Feed the Children under our Nutrition for Zero Hunger initiative to assess the pandemic’s impact on food insecurity and families around the globe. The survey included more than 9,000 respondents from 21 countries. Not surprisingly, 61 percent of those surveyed experienced food insecurity for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Organizations are, now more than ever, in need of support, and we are doing our part by increasing the level of our engagement with our strategic partnerships.

Nutrition for Zero Hunger SOFI stats

The Global Impact of Our Nutrition for Zero Hunger Partners

Herbalife Nutrition partners with leading nonprofit organizations, including global organizations World Food Program USA, Feed the Children, The Hunger Project, the Chinese Red Cross Foundation, and other global, regional, and local partners. Combined, Nutrition for Zero Hunger partners support more than 164 million people in over 80 countries worldwide.

Asia Pacific

The importance of education in reducing child hunger and malnutrition is why, as part of our Nutrition for Zero Hunger (NFZH) initiative, we launched the STAR program, a 12-week program to encourage children to adopt healthy eating habits and daily activity. Here’s a snapshot of the breadth of the program’s impact across Asia Pacific countries:

Encouraging kids to play and exercise outdoors


Chinese Red Cross Foundation rural doctors

Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India

    1. Adepeju Jaiyeoba, Colourful Giggles Nutrition, Nigeria, offers families affordable, nutritious cereals made from local products to combat malnutrition and stunting.
    2. Eric Muthomi, Stawi Foods and Fruits, Kenya, benefits smallholder farmers, especially women, enabling them to increase their incomes and improve production and quality control.
    3. Nobukhosi Ndlovu, Nutrie Foods, Zimbabwe, supports rural women farmers through contract farming, efficient farming and agribusiness training.
    4. Innocentia Maine, MIS Poultry Farm, South Africa, focuses on broiler production as well as nurturing and caring for chicks until they are fully grown and ready to be distributed to various local communities.
    5. Priscilla Akoto-Bamfo, Shepherd’s Mills, Ghana, engages rural women in parboiled rice production and packaging.

Supporting youth in Africa

Mexico and North America

YMCA Healthy Kids Week Cooking Class

South & Central America

Supporting Guatemalan families

The Future of Food Is In Our Hands

To advance our collective goal of reducing hunger and malnutrition globally, governments, the private sector, civil society, international organizations, and academia need to work together.

Although we have seen Nutrition for Zero Hunger make an impact in the global community, there is much work ahead. We are committed to our partnerships and program development to scale solutions to bring hunger to zero.

This World Food Day, Saturday, October 16, our global community will be sharing facts and information about global hunger and why we need to address this critical issue from every angle. Join the conversation by posting on social media using #NutritionforZeroHunger and #WorldFoodDay. Follow us @Herbalife on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates on Nutrition for Zero Hunger to learn more.

*Herbalife Nutrition launched the Nutrition for Zero Hunger initiative in 2019; Nutrition for Zero Hunger impact includes charitable contributions from Herbalife Nutrition and donations from the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation.
Erin Richards-Kunkel

Erin Richards-KunkelSr. Director, Strategic Partnerships and Corporate Social Responsibility

Erin leads the development and execution of global partnerships and corporate social responsibility initiatives for Herbalife Nutrition. Her background combines analytical and creative expertise with degrees in both biological sciences and journalism from the University of California, Davis and the University of Southern California respectively. Her love of storytelling, science, and social good comes together in her approach for engagement and holistic campaign strategy and development.