Goal 2: Zero Hunger
- End hunger, achieve food security, and promote sustainable agriculture -
This post is part of our blog series: 17 Days, 17 Goals. The blog series features foundations working on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals leading up to the first anniversary of the SDGs. The Council on Foundations Sustainable Development Goals & Philanthropy initiative is in partnership with the United Nations Foundation and SDG Philanthropy Platform. Find us on social media with #PhilSDGs.
Why do we need Goal 2?
- Globally, 1 in 9 people - 795 million - are undernourished
- 12.9% of the populations of developing countries are hungry
- 1/4 of the world's children suffer stunted growth - 1/3 in some developing countries
- Agriculture is the single largest industry in the world, from which 40% of the global population derives their livelihoods
- 48.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 32.8 million adults and 15.3 million children in 2014.
What are some of the targets?
- End hunger and ensure access by all people to safe, nutritious, and sufficient food all year round
- End all forms of malnutrition
- Doublee the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indiginous peoples, family famers, and others
- Maintain the genetic diversity of seeds, cultivated plants, farmed and domesticated animals, and their related wild species
As a major global agriculture company, Cargill makes food issues the pillars of its corporate responsibility in the United States and around the world. The foundation's goals are to nourish people, operate responsibly, and follow guiding principles that include responsible global citizenship. Cargill's global responsibility is manifested in the responsible food supply chains they build and the over $83 million contributed to reduce hunger and improve nutrition globally in the past 5 years. About half of Cargill’s global workforce is in the developing world. These employees are helping improve the quality of local agriculture and managing food-processing facilities that give local communities access to safe, affordable food. Like many corporate funders who are actively supporting the SDGs, both the philanthropic activity and the core business of the Cargill corporation support achieving Goal 3.
Cargill's foundation strategy is threefold:
- Advocate for policies that let markets work and enable farmers to thrive
- Expanding access to food, improving nutrition, and pursuing partnerships to end hunger
- Increasing agricultural productivity and incomes while ensuring responsible use of natural resources
As an example of their work globally, in 2014 Cargill trained 1,500 corn farmers in Indonesia to help increase yields, improve harvesting and storage practices, expand market access and protect watersheds. Each year, we also train 2,000 livestock producers across Indonesia to improve animal health, productivity and nutrition. These efforts boost incomes and expand food security.
By improving food security around the world, Cargill is fighting to achieve Goal 2: Zero Hunger by 2030.
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