Special initiative Transformation of Agricultural and Food Systems
Back in 2015, the G7 nations made a commitment to increase their funding to fight hunger. They must deliver on that promise.
In autumn 2020, the BMZ 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. Now, there are over 800 million.
- The pandemic and everything resulting from it have exacerbated the situation. Supply chains have been disrupted, and income opportunities and jobs have been lost.
- The Russian war of aggression on Ukraine has made the situation even worse. The worst famine since the Second World War is looming. According to initial forecasts by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the war will lead to a further drastic increase in the number of people suffering from hunger.
The BMZ's Special Initiative “Transformation of Agricultural and Food Systems”
The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) invests some 2 billion euros each 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 “Transformation of Agricultural and Food Systems”, 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.
Questions and answers on the Special Initiative “Transformation of Agricultural and Food Systems”
As at: 03/01/2023