Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 2: Zero Hunger

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

Objective: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

The Targets

Why it matters: 1 in 9 people around the world fall into the category of undernourishment – the vast majority of which live in developing countries. Severe malnutrition affects around 52 million children worldwide and contributes to nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five (3.1 million children a year). Chronic malnutrition, which affects an estimated 155 million children, impedes children’s mental and physical development and puts them at a greater risk of death, disease, and lack of success as adults.

Target 2.1: Universal access to safe and nutritious food

By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round.

Target 2.2: End all forms of malnutrition

By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving, by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age, and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons.

Target 2.3: Double the productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers

By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment.

Target 2.4: Sustainable food production and resilient agricultural practices

By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality.

Target 2.5: Maintain the genetic diversity in food production

By 2020, maintain the genetic diversity of seeds, cultivated plants and farmed and domesticated animals and their related wild species, including through soundly managed and diversified seed and plant banks at the national, regional and international levels, and promote access to and fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilisation of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge, as internationally agreed.

Target 2A: Invest in rural infrastructure agricultural research, technology and gene banks

Increase investment, including through enhanced international cooperation, in rural infrastructure, agricultural research and extension services, technology development and plant and livestock gene banks in order to enhance agricultural productive capacity in developing countries, in particular least developed countries.

Target 2B: Prevent agricultural trade restrictions, market distortions and export subsidies

Correct and prevent trade restrictions and distortions in world agricultural markets, including through the parallel elimination of all forms of agricultural export subsidies and all export measures with equivalent effect, in accordance with the mandate of the Doha Development Round.

Target 2C: Ensure stable food commodity markets and timely access to information

Adopt measures to ensure the proper functioning of food commodity markets and their derivatives and facilitate timely access to market information, including on food reserves, in order to help limit extreme food price volatility.