Nutrition and Agriculture
In today’s world, no one should go hungry.
Access to food is a fundamental human right. Yet in 2017, around 821 million people – more than 10 per cent of the global population – were suffering from chronic hunger. Most of these people live in developing areas, but a further 11 million people in higher-income countries are also affected.
Despite the planet providing sufficient natural resources to produce food for all, hunger remains a key cause of death due to inequalities of access to – and unsustainable management of – food sources.
Hunger also goes hand in hand with malnutrition, which in turn reduces educational prospects and work productivity. This vicious cycle of hunger, disease, and poverty can, however, be prevented through sustainable farming and fishing practices, better management of food systems, and more efficient preservation and market delivery of food. To this end, the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2) sets out to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.