Transforming the world through food and agriculture - FAO and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Efforts to eradicate hunger are flatlining. Even where food is not scarce, malnutrition in the form of poor, undiversified diets is generating an obesity crisis with severe public health consequences. Buffered by extreme climate variability and protracted conflict, the planet is reeling from biodiversity loss while struggling to sustain a growing population. Such mounting vulnerabilities, coupled with a legacy of political inertia, are threatening to derail progress towards the SDGs. Now more than ever, we must act to future-proof our world and lock in sustainable outcomes. Part of the solution lies in a willingness to transform food systems and agriculture; to nourish humanity while nurturing the environment; to invest in rural people and family farmers, who produce most of our food; and to leave no one behind as we harness the potential of all.

The 2030 Agenda is still – if only just – within our grasp. But the historic consensus surrounding its adoption must be matched by political determination to deliver it.

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