Special initiative One World – No Hunger

Federal Development Minister Gerd Müller in the rainforest in the Dzanga Sangha Conservation Area, Central African Republic March 2015
A world without hunger is possible. We all can play our part – governments, businesses, ordinary citizens. We need resolute, worldwide action – now!
Gerd Müller Federal Minister for Development

We have the means to feed the world's people. The natural resources, the knowledge and the technologies that it takes are all there. What is needed is more investment – in education and training, in sustainable agriculture, in infrastructure, and in local value chains.

Back in 2015, the G7 nations made a commitment to increase their funding to fight hunger. They must deliver on that promise.

In the second half of 2020, German Development Minister Gerd Müller presented two studies from leading research institutions on how to end the global hunger crisis. International experts have calculated that an additional 40 billion US dollars or so a year would need to be invested if we are to end global hunger by 2030. The industrialised countries would need to contribute additional funding of 14 billion US dollars a year to make that happen.

The developing countries, too, need to do everything within their power to tackle the challenge. They have to make agriculture and food a top political priority. Then 500 million people could be lifted out of hunger by 2030.

An ambitious joint effort by industrialised, emerging and developing economies would enable us to achieve a world without hunger – Goal 2 of the 2030 Agenda – within the next ten years.

Facts and figures 

Great progress has been made on fighting hunger worldwide since 1990. However, in the last few years hunger rates have been rising again.

  • Even before the COVID-19 crisis, there were nearly 700 million hungry people in the world.
  • The pandemic and everything resulting from it have exacerbated the situation dramatically. Supply chains have been disrupted, and income opportunities and jobs have been lost.
  • The United Nations estimates that the direct impact of the pandemic alone will push some 130 million people into extreme poverty and hunger.

The BMZ's special initiative "One World – No Hunger"

Background facts
A Nigerian rice farmer in his field

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) invests some 2 billion euros a year in global food security and rural development. In 17 of the BMZ's partner countries, these issues are priority areas of bilateral cooperation.

About one third of that funding is channelled through the special initiative "One World – No Hunger", which the BMZ launched in 2014. It targets partner countries that are particularly badly affected by hunger and malnutrition. The initiative comprises about 300 projects and focuses on fostering smallholder farming in Africa.


  • The special initiative seeks to improve nutrition for more than 7.5 million people – especially women and children – by the end of 2023.
  • It provides assistance to over two million people in adapting to climate change.
  • 1.7 million hectares of degraded land and forests are to be restored and managed in a more sustainable manner.
  • Secure land rights are to be established for at least 120,000 farming families.
  • Through 15 Green Innovation Centres, the BMZ is helping to share innovations in the food and agriculture sector, which it is hoped will improve the productivity of 1.6 million smallholder farms.
  • In five knowledge centres for organic farming in West, East, Southern, North and Central Africa, organic farming methods are collected and studied and good practice is shared with relevant networks and organisations, with strong participation by local non-governmental organisations.
  • The special initiative aims to improve the incomes of a total of 3.2 million farming households.

Questions and answers on the special initiative "One World – No Hunger"

BMZ publications

A world without hunger is possible

A world without hunger is possible

German development action against hunger

File type PDF | Date of status 01/2019 | File size 1 MB, Pages 20 Pages | Accessibility Accessible
ONE WORLD – No Hunger - Green innovation centres for the agriculture and food sector

One World – No Hunger | Green innovation centres for the agriculture and food sector

File type PDF | Date of status 03/2017 | File size 4 MB, Pages 44 Pages | Accessibility Accessible
One World - No Hunger

One World – No Hunger | Future of the Rural World | International G20 Conference, Berlin, 27–28 April 2017

File type PDF | Date of status 08/2017 | File size 9 MB, Pages 112 Pages