Background facts Ten ways to achieve a world without hunger

A world without hunger is possible. Recent studies by the Ceres2030 research network and by the Center for Development Research (External link) in Bonn and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have highlighted the actions and investments that are needed in order to reach this goal.

A Nigerian rice farmer in his field
A Nigerian rice farmer in his field
  • Cultivation methods that are based on sound soil and water management
  • Sparing use of fertiliser
  • Appropriate seeds
  • Precision irrigation
  • Appropriate mechanisation
  • Pooling of resources through cooperatives and farmers' organisations
  • Digital innovations such as apps for continuing education or weather and market price information
  • Determined action worldwide to mitigate climate change
  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through crop diversification and reduced use of fertiliser, pesticides and fossil energy
  • Use of drought-resistant varieties and efficient irrigation methods; multi-storied agroforestry based on intercropping of plants of different heights that provide shade
  • Climate-friendly power supply based on expanded renewable energy generation; development of decentralised power networks that rely on biomass, wind and solar energy
  • Protection against harvest failure and other climate risks through climate risk insurance
  • Income and job creation through investment in infrastructure, energy supply, education, training and the dissemination of knowledge
  • Support for farmers' associations, for example cooperatives (joint purchase and use of machinery, joint marketing of products)
  • Support for digital applications such as information services based on text messages
  • Support for applied agricultural research
  • Protection of the genetic diversity of plants and animals used for farming purposes; protection of biodiversity-rich ecosystems
  • Establishment of seed banks, reintroduction of old varieties and breeding of new, climate-adapted varieties using conventional methods
  • Close cooperation between the European Union and the new African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)
  • Development policy advice on how to reform and adapt national trade policies, reduce customs requirements and technical barriers to trade, develop online trade and make use of digital technology
  • Work towards a fairer world trading system
  • Establishment of a new trade partnership between the EU and the African Union
  • Easier market access for poorer countries
  • Reduction of subsidies in richer countries that undermine competition
  • Support for African countries' efforts to comply with quality standards and achieve certification for agricultural products
  • Systematic implementation of the European sustainable development vision (European Green Deal (External link), Farm to Fork Strategy (External link))
  • Inclusion of incentives for natural resource conservation in trade agreements
  • Fair working conditions, decent prices and living wages in producer countries
  • Systems to ensure there has been no illegal deforestation, improper disposal of pollutants and waste or other forms of environmental degradation
  • Efforts to complementvoluntary industry initiatives and sustainability labels by introducing binding rules for enterprises both in Germany (supply chain act) and at the European level
  • Efforts to help people consume responsibly by providing clear information on the origin of products
  • Equal access to land and land rights for both women and men (for example through inheritance law reform)
  • Establishment of land registry systems in order to formally document land rights
  • Access to credit for women so as to enable them to make investments and receive training
  • Closing of link between rapid humanitarian assistance in hunger crises and longer-term peacebuilding and sustainable development; efforts to find political solutions to conflicts
  • Expansion of cooperation with multilateral organisations such as the World Food Programme (WFP)
  • Increased global investments in food security, agriculture and rural development both by donor countries and by developing and emerging economies
  • Creating the right conditions for sustainable and more productive agriculture in countries affected by hunger: Commitment to the human right to food, establishment of social protection systems, investment in a sustainable, fair and inclusive agricultural and food system
  • Doubling of G7 funding for food security over the next ten years

Current studies

Titelblatt: Investment costs and policy action opportunities for reaching a world without hunter (SDG 2)

Investment costs and policy action opportunities for reaching a world without hunger (SDG 2)

Study by the Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

File type PDF | Date of status 10/2020 | File size 2 MB, Pages 96 Pages
Titelblatt: Ceres2030: Sustainable Solutions to End Hunger

Ceres2030: Sustainable Solutions to End Hunger | Summary Report

Published by Cornell University, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

File type PDF | Date of status 10/2020 | File size 690 KB, Pages 40 Pages

As at: 02/01/2023