SDG #2. Zero Hunger

Can we end hunger and poverty, halt climate change and achieve gender equality in the next 15 years? The governments of the world think we can. Meeting at the UN in September 2015, they agreed to a new set of Global Goals for the development of the world to 2030. Read my article “What if…this is the World’s Greatest Project? Ever?” to understand how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and their vision for a better world can be achieved.

Why should Business support poverty eradication?

The world’s population is expected to grow to nine billion by 2050 and demand on global food systems intensifies every day. In other words, GREAT business opportunity looming in the horizon. Huge!
However, transforming our food and agriculture systems to make them sustainable, resilient and inclusive will also deliver access to healthy and nutritious foods, help create livelihoods for small-scale producers and processors, and help protect ecosystems and combat climate change. In this context, business has become a critical partner in designing and delivering effective, salable and practical solutions for food security and sustainable agriculture. Every actor along the agriculture supply chain, including farmers, producers, traders, retailers, investors and consumers has a critical role to play to establish sustainable food systems that advance food security, protect the environment and ensure economic opportunity.
The vision of a world without hunger is ambitious.
And it cannot be achieved in isolation.
Food security and sustainable agriculture call for all businesses, large or small, to conduct responsible business and for responsible action and leadership from all actors in society.
With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations laid out a path to eradicate hunger. The UN has scaled up its efforts to work with governments, business, academia and civil society to galvanize policies, actions and leadership that will enable the transformations required to create inclusive, resilient and sustainable agriculture and food systems that deliver for people, planet and prosperity.

In my coming next articles, I will guide You on HOW your company can advance each of the SDG’s and WHY business should support the SDG’s.
Fact & figures 


  • An estimated 821 million people were undernourished in 2017.
  • The majority of the world’s hungry people live in developing countries, where 12.9 per cent of the population is undernourished.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region with the highest prevalence of hunger, with the rate increasing from 20.7 per cent in 2014 to 23.2 per cent in 2017.
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, the number of undernourished people increased from 195 million in 2014 to 237 million in 2017.
  • Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45 per cent) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year.
  • 149 million children under 5 years of age—22 per cent of the global under-5 population—were still chronically undernourished in 2018.

Food security

  • Agriculture is the single largest employer in the world, providing livelihoods for 40 per cent of today’s global population. It is the largest source of income and jobs for poor rural households.
  • 500 million small farms worldwide, most still rained, provide up to 80 per cent of food consumed in a large part of the developing world. Investing in smallholder women and men is an important way to increase food security and nutrition for the poorest, as well as food production for local and global markets.
  • Since the 1900s, some 75 per cent of crop diversity has been lost from farmers’ fields. Better use of agricultural biodiversity can contribute to more nutritious diets, enhanced livelihoods for farming communities and more resilient and sustainable farming systems.
  • If women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry in the world could be reduced by up to 150 million.
  • 840 million people have no access to electricity worldwide – most of whom live in rural areas of the developing world. Energy poverty in many regions is a fundamental barrier to reducing hunger and ensuring that the world can produce enough food to meet future demand.


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