Goal 2: Zero Hunger

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

Hunger is closely linked to poverty (Goal 1) and affects 1 in 9 people (795 million globally). The majority of these people live in developing countries, especially southern and western Asia. Poor nutrition is the main cause of death in children under 5 years of age - that’s 45% of all deaths or 3.1 million every year.

Eradicating hunger isn’t just about increasing access to nutritional food, it is also about ensuring that the production of food is sustainable, both in relation to food supply and for the conservation of the natural environment. Protecting food sources from the damage caused by natural disasters such as floods and bushfires is also imperative.

By 2050, there will be an estimated additional 2 billion people to feed. Unfortunately, modern food production often erodes and degrades soils, and freshwater and ocean environments. This is resulting in increased pollution from waste, and sadly, the death and destruction of our biodiversity. The world’s expanding population is putting increased pressures on our natural resources. This means that the way food is produced and consumed needs to move towards more sustainable practices.

Goal 2 seeks to end global hunger and malnutrition by 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, and increase sustainable and resilient food production systems.

How is Monash helping tackle global poverty?

See Monash University's summary of activities for this goal across research, education, engagement and operations.

Monash University Progress Report 2020

Australia's progress towards Goal 2

The Transforming Australia: SDG Progress Report provides key information about how Australia is progressing towards achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Visit the Transforming Australia website to see Australia’s progress towards Goal 2.

Do you want to know how to achieve the SDGs?

MSDI has partnered with McMaster University to create the world's most comprehensive repository of research evidence. Click here for the latest evidence and research from around the world aligned with Goal 2.

Sign up to our newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up-to-date with all the latest sustainable development related research, education and event news at Monash University.