The Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Canadian Lutheran World Relief - Hetosa Food Security and Market Linkages through Value Chain Development

This project helped more than one thousand farming families in Hetosa, Ethiopia increase their income and enhance their household food security. Canadian Lutheran World Relief and its partner, the Lutheran World Federation, have helped farmers improve their dairy and vegetable production through the project’s support, training, farming inputs, and irrigation infrastructure. For example, thanks to training on fodder production and crossbreeding cattle, farmers in the Eteto Dairy Cooperative report their cows produce three times more milk. Learning how to market milk products enables them to maximize their profits.

Photo credit: Heather Platt, CLWR

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

Rapid economic growth and increased agricultural productivity over the past two decades have seen the number of undernourished people drop by almost half. Many developing countries that used to suffer from famine and hunger can now meet the nutritional needs of the most vulnerable. Central and East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean have all made huge progress in eradicating extreme hunger.

These are all huge achievements in line with the targets set out by the first Millennium Development Goals. Unfortunately, extreme hunger and malnutrition remain a huge barrier to development in many countries. 795 million people are estimated to be chronically undernourished as of 2014, often as a direct consequence of environmental degradation, drought and loss of biodiversity. Over 90 million children under the age of five are dangerously underweight. And one person in every four still goes hungry in Africa.

The SDGs aim to end all forms of hunger and malnutrition by 2030, making sure all people – especially children – have access to sufficient and nutritious food all year round. This involves promoting sustainable agricultural practices: supporting small scale farmers and allowing equal access to land, technology and markets. It also requires international cooperation to ensure investment in infrastructure and technology to improve agricultural productivity. Together with the other goals set out here, we can end hunger by 2030.