2.1 Sufficient food for all
By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
In some parts of the world a lot of people still go hungry, especially in South Asia, South-East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, where almost one person in four suffers hunger or malnutrition. The root causes are often armed hostilities and extreme natural events, but structural poverty also plays a part.
In spite of all the progress made over recent years, we have still not managed to end hunger everywhere in the world. Today, almost 800 million people will go hungry worldwide. Because the world’s population is continuing to grow, especially in developing countries, experts forecast that agriculture will have to produce 60 per cent more food by 2050 in order to feed the world.
What must be done?
Hunger and malnutrition around the world cannot be eradicated with food aid alone. It is paramount that food be produced more effectively, more efficiently and more sustainably and that everybody has access to this food. To achieve this, small farmers for instance should receive support to help them increase yields, so that they can feed themselves and supply others with food. Research and technologies are needed that poor countries too can access. And the quality of soil, water and other natural resources must be preserved in the long term, partly also to better protect agriculture from the impact of extreme weather events.
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