012 End Hunger Sustainably: costs and consensus building

Building the evidence base to achieve the SDGs


  • International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • Cornell University
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
  • Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany



What is the most effective way to end hunger sustainably? And what would it cost? These are the two central questions of a new initiative by Cornell University, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). This side event will present state-of-the-art modeling techniques and systematic review processes for how to measure and build consensus on sustainable development goal 2 (SDG2).  Panelists will present initial findings followed by an interactive session with donors and participants.

Key speakers/presenters

  • Phyllis Mands (Ghana)
  • David Laborde (IFPRI)
  • Carin Smaller (IISD)
  • H.F. Yusuf Jonga Hinna (Ambassador of Nigeria)
  • Jaron Porciello (Cornell University)
  • Ammad Bahalim (Bill & Melinda gates Foundations)

Main themes/issues discussed

CHAIR: Launch of the CERES2030 (stated goal: develop sustainable solutions to end hunger). Previous rapport responded to one question: how much it would cost to eradicate hunger? Since 2 year, they have been working on evaluating how much it would cost to eradicate hunger. They discover it would not cost so much: 11 billion dollars investments more than want is publicly spend now. That’s why they launched the new project CERES2030 in order to evaluate the objective and the possibilities (eradicate hunger, increase productivity of small farmers, + protect the environment).

JARON PORCIELLO (CORNELL UNIVERSITY):  Presentation of the CERES2030 and how it functions. Goal is to create evidence instead of research.

DAVID LABORDE (IFPRI): Modeling Framework. When looking that numbers given by big international organizations, we can be overwhelmed by the amount available, and additionally numbers can actually be quite different from one another. + Confusion of what a criteria/number actually means, what it represents. So they propose a solution to this, with the use of an economic system. 1/ establish goals 2/ minimizing costs when achieving those goals -> output: we have the total cost of this achievement + the optimal funding, where this funding is coming from. Selecting Indicators for targets: for example prevalence of undernourishment (target= <5% in each country, last 5% will have to be achieved by social policies), smallholder productivity (target= x2), Total agricultural emission (target= ?)

COMMENTS AND CRITICS by 3 following speakers:

AMMAD BAHALIM (BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNATIONS): for our perspective, incredible to have such a wide consensus on such an issue. From a donor perspective, it is great to see coordination and a common goal amidst disagreements.

H.F. YUSUF JONGA HINNA (AMBASSADOR OF NIGERIA): welcomes communication and coordination at all level while stressing the importance of farmers themselves.

PHYLLIS MANDS (GHANA): Really positive.

Summary of key points

Launch of the CERES2030, with the goal to create evidence instead of research in order to tackle hunger. Eradicate hunger is an achievable goal, we just have to work with better numbers/indicators and CERES2030 tries to propose a consensus on those numbers/indicators.

Key take away messages

More spending is needed but, more importantly, better evidence must be produced for those funds to reach intended targets; ending hunger is not an impossible goal and CERES2030 sets out to do this.

CFS Side Event 12 - End Hunger Sustainably: costs and consensus building.