SDG of the week: Zero Hunger
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable
Goal 2: Zero hunger
The number of undernourished people has dropped by almost half in the past two decades
because of rapid economic growth and increased agricultural productivity. Many developing
countries that used to suffer from famine and hunger can now meet their nutritional needs.
Central and East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean have all made huge progress in
eradicating extreme hunger.
Unfortunately, extreme hunger and malnutrition remain a huge barrier to development in
many countries. There are 821 million people estimated to be chronically undernourished as
of 2017, often as a direct consequence of environmental degradation, drought, and
biodiversity loss. Over 90 million children under five are dangerously underweight.
Undernourishment and severe food insecurity appear to be increasing in almost all regions
of Africa, as well as in South America.
The SDGs aim to end all forms of hunger and malnutrition by 2030, making sure all
people–especially children–have sufficient and nutritious food all year. This involves
promoting sustainable agriculture, supporting small-scale farmers and equal access to land,
technology, and markets. It also requires international cooperation to ensure investment in
infrastructure and technology to improve agricultural productivity.
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