It is to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030. And the release next week of the UN State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) report will show us how efforts to achieve this goal are progressing. More than that though, it will act as a catalyst for countries lagging behind, by showcasing successful actions they can replicate.
Ahead of the 15 July launch of the SOFI report, Andre Laperrière, Executive Director of Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN), said: “The release of the 2019 UN State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) report will provide the much needed status update and breakdown of how far each individual country has come in their efforts to address the fore coming goal of Zero Hunger by 2030 and highlight specific areas for improvement to be addressed. The report will also identify the benchmark countries that are accelerating towards achieving this goal, highlighting the ones that have developed innovations to drastically improve practices. These benchmark countries are providing a key stepping stone towards the achievement of this Sustainable Development Goal and it is important to highlight how others can learn from them.
“With 2030 fast approaching, this report will provide the much needed indication of how close we are to achieving this goal and enable any necessary remodelling and development of strategies by individual countries and their respective governments to ensure that urgent and authoritative measures are in place to accelerate progress. During such a crucial period, it is important that estimates for food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition at global and regional levels are made and are brought to global attention so not only governments but also organisations, industry bodies, enterprises, communities and individuals can be made aware. This will ensure a call to action to innovate in order to address such an important issue that connects us all.”
We will bring you highlights and analysis of the report next week. And as Andre says, this connects us all, so we must work together to raise awareness of – and deliver – a zero hunger future.