Sustainable Development Goals: Zero Hunger

On the occasion of World Food Day, on October 16th, Dianova points out the commitment of world leaders to achieve food security for all

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

Rapid economic growth and increased agricultural productivity over the past two decades has seen the proportion of undernourished people drop by almost half. Many developing countries that used to suffer from famine and hunger can now meet the nutritional needs of the most vulnerable. Central and East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean have all made huge progress in eradicating extreme hunger.

These are all significant achievements in reaching the targets set out by the first Millennium Development Goals. Unfortunately, extreme hunger and malnutrition remain a huge barrier to development in many countries. 795 million people are estimated to be chronically undernourished as of 2014, often as a direct consequence of environmental degradation, drought and loss of biodiversity. Over 90 million children under the age of five are dangerously underweight. And one person in every four still goes hungry in Africa.

Extract from the United Nations Development Program's web site  (UNDP)

Starved Girl

sdgs2The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to end all forms of hunger and malnutrition by 2030, making sure all people – especially children and the more vulnerable – have access to sufficient and nutritious food all year round. This involves promoting sustainable agricultural practices: improving the livelihoods and capacities of small scale famers, allowing equal access to land, technology and markets. It also requires international cooperation to ensure investment in infrastructure and technology to improve agricultural productivity.

SDGs
This month, Dianova emphasizes some of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by United Nations member states at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015.