‘We are not on track to realize Sustainable Development Goal 2, aiming to end hunger and malnutrition, by 2030. The number of people in the world affected by undernourishment, or chronic food deprivation, has increased from an estimated 804 million in 2016 to nearly 821 million in 2017, thus returning to levels from a decade ago, while overweight, obesity, and noncommunicable diseases are growing at alarming rates. Reversing these trends is critical, made more important by the close links between food security and nutrition and many other SDGs. A significant push to fast-track efforts at all levels is needed for the world to achieve the SDG target of hunger eradication by 2030.’
This conclusion from FAO and IFPRI forms the starting point for a three day event in Bangkok ‘Accelerating the End of Hunger and Malnutrition’ that brings together global practitioners, experts and leaders to explore how acceleration can best be achieved and what lessons can be drawn from past successes and failures. At the event the AgriProFocus Food Security Advocacy Group is sharing our insights in what works and what is needed to accelerate progress towards SDG2.
Entrepreneurship along the value chain is a key driver of change: inclusive agribusinesses that are impact driven and market-led have the true potential to transform food systems.
Climate-resilient agriculture is critical to reduce the negative impact of climate change on food security.
Multi-stakeholder partnerships between private sector, civil society, knowledge institutes and governments are crucial to move from successful projects to real system change.
What is needed:
Thinking beyond the value chain: use a food systems approach, placing desired social and environmental outcomes at the center, to spur innovation and change ‘the rules of the game’.
Shift from focus on production to focus on nutrition: make agricultural value chains nutrition-sensitive.
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach; context-specific approaches are needed tailored to farmer type. Youth and women are key change makers.
See for more information and inspiration:
Framework Market Transformation (in Dutch) http://www.p-plus.nl/resources/articlefiles/FrameworkMarkttransformatie.pdf
Critical Capital for African Agrifood SMEs https://images.agri-profocus.nl/upload/CriticalCapitalStudy1529919335.pdf
The power of multi-sectoral governance to address malnutrition http://www.snv.org/update/power-multi-sectoral-governance-address-malnutrition
How to design and facilitate multistakeholder partnerships: http://www.mspguide.org/
Review Dutch Food Security Policy http://knowledge4food.net/iob-dialogue-summary-outcomes/
The need to increase and redirect agriculture and climate adaptation resources https://www.oxfam.org/en/research/financing-women-farmers
Scaling through PPPs https://ppplab.org/2017/11/insight-series-06-scaling-through-ppps/