In this section, you may find new materials that have been published on the topic of  “Sustainable agriculture: where are we on SDGs implementation? “, since the date of the event. We continually select major new publications and articles that add up to the policy points discussed in this briefing.

Proceedings of the international symposium on agricultural innovation for family farmers: Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
FAO, 08/06/2019

Innovation is the process whereby individuals or organizations bring new or existing products, processes or ways of organization into use for the first time in a specific context. Innovation in agriculture cuts across all dimensions of the production cycle along the entire value chain – from crop, forestry, fishery or livestock production to the management of inputs and resources to market access. This book represents the proceedings of the first International Symposium on Agricultural Innovation for Family Farmers which FAO organized at its headquarters in Rome, Italy, on 21–23 November 2018. FAO convened the symposium to provide inspiration for innovation actors and decision makers to unlock the potential of innovation to drive socio-economic growth, ensure food and nutrition security, alleviate poverty, improve resilience to changing environments and thereby achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. It was attended by 540 participants, including 286 delegates from 92 member countries. The proceedings provide a record of the main highlights of the symposium, including the opening plenary session; high-level ministerial segment; innovation fair, with 20 success stories of agricultural innovation; and six highly interactive parallel sessions and two special events dedicated to youth and to chefs and family farmers. During these different sessions, participants shared their experiences, knowledge and examples of agricultural innovation in different sectors; they also discussed the drivers and key factors contributing to success, as well as the main constraints for agricultural innovation.

Introducing the UN Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 
FAO, 03/06/2019

The UN Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 aims to shed new light on what it means to be a family farmer in a rapidly changing world and highlights more than ever before the important role they play in eradicating hunger and shaping our future of food. Family farming offers a unique opportunity to ensure food security, improve livelihoods, better manage natural resources, protect the environment and achieve sustainable development, particularly in rural areas. Thanks to their wisdom and care for the earth, family farmers are the agents of change we need to achieve Zero Hunger, a more balanced and resilient planet, and the Sustainable Development Goals.

UN Sustainable Development Goal #2: Zero Hunger
medium.com; 16/05/2019

Ending world hunger is number 2 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) announced in 2015. Food poverty is a global problem that persists and, although overall global hunger levels have decreased in the past couple of decades, there are still many parts of the world experiencing food shortages. Climate change, conflict and natural disasters all impact on people’s ability to grow, distribute and consume food. Here, we look at the UN’s plans to achieve zero hunger by 2030, detailing how it is being tackled, what progress has been made and how brands can get involved.

Achieving SDG targets on stunting in children: Are we on track?
A-ID; 29/04/2019

A key target under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 is ending all forms of malnutrition, including achieving by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age. This article focuses on reviewing the global progress towards reducing the prevalence of stunting in young children. It also highlights the interventions necessary for eliminating malnutrition in children, including but not limited to, stunting. Globally, approximately 149 million children under the age of 5 years are affected by stunting. While the numbers have undoubtedly declined, from 32.5% children under 5 years stunted in 2000 to 21.9% in 2018, the pace of reduction in stunting has been slow. Asia and Africa are the worst affected. Nearly 50% of all stunted children under 5 live in Asia and more than 1/3rd live in Africa. South Asia is home to 40% of stunted children. In India, 38.4% of children under 5 are stunted.

Ceres2030: Sustainable Solutions to End Hunger
sdg2advocacyhub; 10/04/2019

We have barely more than a decade left between now and 2030, the deadline for meeting Sustainable Development Goal 2 and ending hunger, and yet we’re still not clear on what policy interventions will be effective in meeting that goal, nor how much they will cost. Ceres2030 is looking to change that. We are a partnership among Cornell, a land-grant university with a 150-year history of serving agriculture; the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a hybrid organization within the UN framework dedicated to food systems; and the International institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), an independent think tank championing sustainable solutions to 21st century problems. We are dedicating our shared efforts to one overarching objective: increasing the quantity and improving the quality of overseas development assistance (ODA) for realizing SDG 2.

Agriculture for improved nutrition: Seizing the momentum
ifpri.org, 2019

Agriculture’s vast potential to improve nutrition is just beginning to be tapped. New ideas, research, and initiatives developed over the past decade have created an opportunity for reimagining and redesigning agricultural and food systems for the benefit of nutrition. To support this transformation, the book reviews the latest findings, results from on-the-ground programs and interventions, and recent policy experiences from countries around the world that are bringing the agriculture and nutrition sectors closer together. Drawing on IFPRI’s own work and that of the growing agriculture-nutrition community, this book strengthens the evidence base for, and expands our vision of, how agriculture can contribute to nutrition. Chapters cover an array of issues that link agriculture and nutrition, including food value chains, nutrition-sensitive programs and policies, government policies, and private sector investments. By highlighting both achievements and setbacks, Agriculture for Improved Nutrition seeks to inspire those who want to scale up successes that can transform food systems and improve the nutrition of billions of people.

Investments In Research Crucial To Meeting SDG2 Zero Hunger
modernghana.com, 12/03/2019

The Director West Africa Centre For Crop Improvement (WACCI) Prof. Eric Yirenkyi Danquah, has touted the government’s efforts in working towards ending hunger in Africa and encouraged governments in Africa to support Universities to make more impact. Prof. Danquah was speaking at the Cowpea Value Chain Workshop organized here in Accra on “Sustainable Intensification of Cowpea Production and Value Chain Development” under the WACCI led Africa Union- European Union funded the project. “We fully support the government’s Planting for Food and Jobs Programme as well as the Ghana Beyond Aid Vision, but we must caution that if our development efforts are not informed by evidenced-based decisions underpinned by good Science and Technology all that we doing today will end up to nought” he cautioned. He intimated that Agriculture was at a tipping point and it was important for innovation to drive Agribusinesses to turn our country around and make our nation prosperous.

Measuring the SDGs: Who controls the process, who owns the results?
globalpolicywatch.org, 04/03/2019

Statisticians from around the world, meeting at the UN Statistical Commission in March, will again take stock of progress in the world of data over the previous 12 months, largely driven by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The official report on filling the gaps in the global indicator framework—a clear priority of the 2018 Commission—show that while some progress has been made much has stalled. Gaps and tensions continue over the selection and interpretation of indicators, the data to fill them, the selection of partners as well as control of the process and ownership of the results. These struggles go back to the negotiations over the 2030 Agenda and its goals and targets, and have continued into the effort to define the global indicator framework. A special edition of the Global Policy Journal details the complex power dynamics involved throughout this process. Contributors show that the selection of indicators does not depend purely on technical considerations but ultimately concerns political questions of competing priorities among a range of different players. One proposal, outlined below, argues that national statistical systems urgently must take charge of this process, and shows how they can do it.