25.06.2018

This goal is clearly stipulated in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 (Zero Hunger), but also in the SDGs 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), 13 (Climate Action) and 15 (Life on Land) of the global goals for sustainable development.

Crucial impulses have to come from agriculture

Achieving this goal requires coherent collaboration between different policy areas. In addition to agricultural policy, these areas comprise e.g. trade, education, health, research, infrastructure and environmental policies. The most important entry point is agriculture, because it is agriculture via which the most effective and far-reaching changes can be reached, and this is where the crucial impulses have to come from.

The SDGs equally address the industrialised countries and the developing countries and emerging economies. According to the logic and philosophy of the SDGs, all countries are “developing countries” that have to head for a common goal which has so far not been reached anywhere. Nowhere else does this become clearer than in the goal of healthy food for healthy people on a healthy planet.

The agriculture of the Global South, particularly in Africa, where it is still based largely on a subsistence economy, has to develop.