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.

Tackle failing food systems before it’s too late — 820 million people are already going hungry
thehill.com; 08/08/2019

They feed everyone. They provide livelihoods for billions. But they generate up to a third of greenhouse gas emissions. One-third of what they produce is never eaten. And they still leave 820 million people hungry, 2 billion without enough vitamins and minerals, and over 2 billion people overweight or obese. They’re our food systems. And they’re failing people and the planet. Today’s release of the special report on land, climate change, and food security by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sends a clear warning: Climate impacts are creating stress on land and food systems and negatively impacting farmers’ livelihoods. Climate change is already affecting farmers and exacerbating food insecurity, with the number of chronically hungry people again on the rise. At the same time, our use of land to grow food affects the level of warming and severity of climate impacts — like a vicious cycle. We need solutions at scale to transform food systems: how food is grown, processed, marketed, distributed, eaten and disposed. Recent research and now the IPCC reflect on the potential for policy to catalyse actions to manage land more sustainably, to reduce food loss and waste, and to promote healthy, sustainable diets.

SDG Progress Report: Tracking progress on food and agriculture – related SDG indicators
FAO; 18/07/2019

Eradicating hunger and food insecurity, as well as ensuring sustainable agriculture and natural resource management, is a central pillar of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and a prerequisite for the achievement of the entire 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. FAO plays an important role in measuring progress towards its achievement.The most recent evidence available for such targets, however, paints a grim picture. The world is not on track to meeting the overwhelming majority of SDG targets related to sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition. Four years into the 2030 Agenda, regression is the norm for almost all related indicators, with only a few areas reflecting some progress.

Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals across the world: The 2019 Joint Synthesis Report of the European Union and its Member States
European Commission; July 2019

Report from the Commission – Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals across the world: The 2019 Joint Synthesis Report of the European Union and its Member States. This report provides a short summary of how the EU and its Member States are supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in developing countries through development cooperation. It responds to a specific commitment in the Consensus, to produce such a report in 2019 and every four years thereafter. It focuses on the period since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015 and is a contribution to EU reporting at the 2019 High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

Over 820 million people suffering from hunger; new UN report reveals stubborn realities of ‘immense’ global challenge
news.un.org; 15/07/2019

After nearly a decade of progress, the number of people who suffer from hunger has slowly increased over the past three years, with about one in every nine people globally suffering from hunger today, the United Nations said in a new report released on Monday. This fact underscores “the immense challenge” to achieving the Zero Hunger target of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, according to the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019. The report, launched on the margins of the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) – the main UN platform monitoring follow-up on States’ actions on the SDGs – currently under way in New York, breaks down statistics by region, and shows that hunger has risen almost 20 per cent in Africa’s subregions, areas which also have the greatest prevalence of undernourishment. Although the pervasiveness of hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean is still below seven per cent, it is slowly increasing. And in Asia, undernourishment affects 11 per cent of the population. Although southern Asia saw great progress over the last five years, at almost 15 per cent, it is still the subregion with the highest prevalence of undernourishment.

The world must go faster and farther to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, new report says
undp.org; 9/07/2019

The world needs to redouble its efforts to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, according to a United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Report launched today. Released on the first day of the High-Level Political Forum taking place in New York from 9 to 18 July, the report raises the red flag that despite the achievements made, the world must adjust the pace and path of current efforts. “While we are making notable progress to achieve all 17 SDGs by the year 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals Report released today clearly highlights that we still face a number of diverse challenges to accelerate the achievement of the Goals,” said Achim Steiner, the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). “The targets that countries have set themselves are ambitious and are wide-ranging — they include poverty reduction; the sweeping actions that we need to take to tackle climate change; as well as the increased efforts that are needed to protect our planet’s biodiversity.”

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.

A new approach for mainstreaming Sustainable Food and Agriculture in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
FAO, May 2019

This synthesis report for the regional workshop for Africa on “A new approach for mainstreaming Sustainable Food and Agriculture in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals” provides an overview of the presentations, a brief report on the discussions, and summaries of the conclusions.

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.