The Urgent Need for a Different Lens to Look at Hunger and SDG2

August 13, 2019

Charlotte Masiello-Riome, SDG2 Advocacy Hub

Alliance Members: We strongly encourage you to take THIS SURVEY to help us in our Narrative development process.

The world today is not facing a ‘hunger’ problem, but rather a complex challenge involving agriculture, planetary health, food systems and nutrition, exacerbated by the impacts of climate change, political instability and persistent inequalities. As we strive to meet the SDG2 targets, we are challenged by a ‘scarcity’ mindset that doesn’t capture the holistic reality. The real narrative lies within the integration of what is actually within the assessment of SDG2.

The 2019 SOFI report released last month highlighted some of these challenges, especially the periodic, unpredictable and largely uncontrollable impact of conflict and a changing climate on hunger.  However, in many ways, it also demonstrated the importance of understanding the connectivity between ending hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture – and the many pathways it presents to reach SDG2.

This realisation can be achieved by considering SDG2 and its goals and indicators through a different lens – for example how nutrition policy is interdependent with biodiversity; how food systems interact with agriculture; and how food waste correlates to land use.  Through this lens, a more enabling environment can be created where diverse stakeholders can collaborate constructively to develop more effective, long-term solutions to end hunger, malnutrition, and food insecurity that also ensure a higher path of economic growth through agriculture-led development initiatives and policies.  However, this new way of thinking and engaging requires the participation, recognition and cross-knowledge exchanges by all SDG2 stakeholders and influencers.

A global consultation on this new narrative process began in July 2019, calling for input from stakeholders at UN agencies, private sector, NGOs and civil society.  The narrative will serve as a framework for highlighting and sharing messaging over 2020 and beyond as well as fitting into each partners’ own narratives, laying the foundation for the next decade of action on SDG2 and within the broader set of Global Goals.

Members of the Alliance to End Hunger are encouraged to participate in this narrative process. As we prepare for 2020 and to mark five years into the SDG agenda, we are conscious of the need to present a fresh message and frame that communicates the importance and connectivity of SDG2 to wider communities.

We would appreciate you taking 10 minutes to answer this survey.  Please note the close date for this survey is 31 August.