17 GOALS TO TRANSFORM OUR WORLD
As the spectre of famine currently looms in multiple countries, climate change is exacerbating many of the existing environmental pressures. The ways we produce and consume food will need to adapt to keep pace.
In September 2015, 193 UN member states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Universal, inclusive, and indivisible, the Agenda calls for action by all countries to improve the lives of people globally. These 17 goals are designed to transform our world.
“The mandate of the new Sustainable Development Goals is clear: creating prosperity means securing a food chain that is environmentally sustainable, socially just and economically inclusive.” Josep Roca, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador
ENSURING ZERO HUNGER IN A CHANGING CLIMATE
SDG 2: Zero Hunger aims to end all forms of hunger and malnutrition by 2030, making sure all people – especially children – have access to adequate and nutritious food at all times of the year. Presently, extreme hunger and malnutrition remain major barriers to development in many countries. Nevertheless, there has been significant progress over the past two decades.
Zero Hunger involves promoting sustainable agricultural practices through supporting small-scale farmers and allowing equal access to land, technology and markets.
One of the specific targets under SDG 2: Zero Hunger is to double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers by 2030, with a particular emphasis on women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists, and fishing communities.
This is only achievable if it takes into account climate change impacts, which threaten to further reduce productivity and hurt the poorest populations who cannot cope well with these shocks.
Adaptation approaches must also be gender-responsive. Estimates suggest that by ensuring equal access to resources for female and male farmers, the number of people hungry in the world could shrink by up to 150 million.
“In addition to improving food security and creating opportunity for millions of smallholder farmers, investments in sustainable agriculture can assist countries in adapting to climate change and enhance the resilience of their farmers” NEW PHOTOSREORDER PHOTOSREMOVE PHOTOSETZero Hunger involves promoting sustainable agriculture and supporting small-scale farmers gain equal access to land, technology & markets.
Zero Hunger involves promoting sustainable agriculture and supporting small-scale farmers gain equal access to land, technology & markets.