Sustainable Development Goals

Millennium Development Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

The number of hungry people in the world remains unacceptably high despite expected recent gains that have pushed the figure below 1 billion. FAO estimates that the number of people who will suffer from chronic hunger in 2014-16 is 793 million.

FAO focuses on poverty and hunger reduction through: improving agricultural productivity and incomes and promoting better nutritional practices at all levels and programmes that enhance direct and immediate access to food by the neediest.

FAO helps developing countries to improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices, to sustainably manage their forest, fisheries and natural resources and ensure good nutrition for all. FAO promotes greater investment in agriculture and rural development and has assisted governments to establish National Programmes for Food Security aimed at smallholder farmers.

In emergency response and rehabilitation efforts, FAO’s expertise in farming, livestock, fisheries and forestry is crucial. FAO works quickly to restore agricultural production, strengthen the survival strategies of those affected, and enable people to reduce their dependence on food aid.

FAO also plays a crucial role in prevention, preparedness and early warning.

MDG 1 has three targets

  • between 1990 and 2015 halve the proportion of people whose income is less than US$1.25 a day
  • achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people
  • between 1990 and 2015, halve the proportion of people who suffer from hunger

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