A pumping station in Niger.
The inside of a pumping station in the neighbourhood of Niamey/Niger.
Photo: ZEF/Sarah Verleysdonk


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Irrigation holds a potential to improve nutrition, although factors such as water pollution have to be considered. New insights were presented at ZEF by IFPRI’s Claudia Ringler in early October.

One in three people world-wide suffer from malnutrition. Around 822 million are undernourished, while roughly two billion, or 30 per cent of the global population, have a micronutrient deficiency, and two billion are overweight. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 22 per cent of all children under the age of five years were stunted in 2018, with stunting also affecting brain development among many of them. Clearly, Sustainable Development Goal 2, aiming at ending hunger and achieving food security and improved nutrition, is not on track. Claudia Ringler, Deputy Division Director of the Environment & Production Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), looked at entry points to achieve SDG 2 through water in a presentation at the Center for Development Research (ZEF) in Bonn/Germany.

With a third of the population world-wide experiencing water shortage, SDG 6 – ensuring access to safe water sources and sanitation for all – is obviously not making sufficient progress either.

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