Alliance to End Hunger and FAO Connect Global Goal of Ending Hunger in the US and Around the World

November 23, 2015

Nathan Magrath, Manager of Communications and Outreach, Alliance to End Hunger

“With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, we are entering a new chapter of global development.”

These were the opening words spoken by the Alliance to End Hunger’s Executive Director Emeritus, Ambassador Tony Hall, at two side events during the World Food Prize in Des Moines, IA.  The side events, co-hosted by the Alliance to End Hunger and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), focused on the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), specifically SDG 2—Zero Hunger.

The Sustainable development goals signal the latest international development agenda, following Millennium Development Goals, which had a 2015 deadline.  These SDG’s culminated out of an extensive “Post-2015 process” within the United Nations.  At the center of the SDG’s are 17 global goals that cover broad topics—from poverty and hunger, to education, the environment, and governance, to name a few.

Rev. Beckmann looks listens as Kori Reed of ConAgra Foods Foundation offers insights into childhood hunger in the U.S.

Rev. Beckmann looks listens as Kori Reed of ConAgra Foods Foundation offers insights into childhood hunger in the U.S.

SDG 2 focuses on ending hunger and malnutrition in all of its forms, and also covers aspects of sustainable agricultural development.  On Wednesday, October 14 the FAO—in collaboration with the Alliance—brought together an expert panel discussing what the global goals, specifically SDG 2, mean for development in a global context.  Amb. Kenneth Quinn of the world Food Prize offered introductory remarks along with Ajay Markanday of the FAO and Amb. Hall of the Alliance.  A keynote address was delivered by Hon. Florence Chenoweth, the former Minister of Agriculture of Liberia.  Julie Borlaug then led a discussion with four esteemed international food security experts: USDA’s Catherine Woteki, Ruth Oniang’o of Sasakawa Africa Association, FAO’s Assistant Director General of Fisheries and Aquaculture Arni Mathiesen, and CIAT’s Director General Ruben Echeverria.

One of the unique characteristics marking a difference between the SDG’s and MDG’s is the recognition of a universality in development.  These ‘global goals’ of the SDG’s are therefore just as relevant to the United States as they are to lesser-developed countries such as Haiti or Tanzania.  This is a fact that was highlighted by the second World Food Prize side event.  The Alliance to End Hunger—in collaboration with FAO—convened a group of domestic hunger experts from the government, non-profit, and corporate sectors.  World Food Prize laureate Rev. David Beckmann, President of the Alliance to End Hunger and Bread for the World, moderated a panel while offering his own insights into the need to raise hunger as an issue on the national stage.  The discussion itself included Dr. Sonny Ramaswami of USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture, Kori Reed of ConAgra Foods Foundation, Matt Smith of PepsiCo’s Food for Good initiative, and Feeding America’s VP of National Programs Jordan Vernoy.  The conversation offered insights into hunger in the United States and how cross sector collaboration and partnership can be utilized to meet the goals laid out in SDG 2.

For more information on these events, feel free to email Nathan Magrath at nmagrath@alliancetoendhunger.org.