Goal 2: No Hunger

Zero Hunger

Each day millions of children go hungry. Despite their best efforts, families across the world struggle to provide adequate nutrition. Insufficient food prevents sustainable family and community development, limiting growth potential at all levels. A world without hunger is attainable, but will only be realized with concerted global action. This starts with personal dedication to the cause, but realizing this goal will also require the dedication of businesses and governments.

What’s the Goal?

UN goal #2 is for ending hunger, to attain food security and improved nutrition, and to foster sustainable agriculture systems

Why Does it Matter?

While we may feel untouched by those living in poverty, our well-being is linked as humankind. From social to political growth, inequalities cause tension between nations and can ultimately result in instability.

What Causes Hunger?

Among the leading factors causing hunger are the rapid breakdown of our soils, freshwater, oceans, forests, and biodiversity. Climate change is another factor contributing to the decrease in food resources and increased risk of disasters such as floods and droughts. Poor harvesting practices and waste lead to scarcity, while wars are destroying the environments that are essential for growing food. All of these contribute to the hunger epidemic

Can We Achieve This Goal?

A drastic change in the global food and agricultural system is needed, but we can achieve the goal of zero world hunger by 2030. We can do this by investing in agrarian systems that will increase agricultural productivity. We will also have to invest in sustainable food production systems. A global investment of $267 billion per year is needed to end world hunger.

What Can I Do About It?

Begin by making wise food choices at home and work. Options include supporting your local farmers and markets, making sustainable food choices, supporting proper nutrition for all, and cutting down on food waste. You can use your voting power to demand that politicians, governments, and big businesses make ending local and global hunger a priority. Now, you can also directly impact this effort through Givv and the soon-to-be-released app (available on both PCs and Macs). Find out how you can use your computer’s idle power – while at work or asleep – to earn money for donation to relevant nonprofit organisations of your choice.

Goal 2 Facts & Figures

815 million

The globally undernourished population (1 in 9 people)

150 million

The number of hungry people that would be reduced if female farmers had the same access to resources as male farmers.

66 million

The total of primary school-age children worldwide who attend classes hungry.

Goal 2 Targets

  • By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people to safe, nutritious, and sufficient food year round.
  • By 2030, double the agricultural capacity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists, and fishers.
  • By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices
    • that increase productivity and production,
    • help maintain ecosystems,
    • strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change,
    • extreme weather, drought, flooding, and other disasters,
    • and progressively improve land and soil quality.
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