Ending hunger and undernutrition by 2025 will contribute to other UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Ending hunger and undernutrition by 2025 will contribute to other UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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Compact2025: An initiative to end hunger and undernutrition

The Compact2025 initiative launched by IFPRI aims to end hunger and undernutrition by 2025 by working through country-owned and country-led networks.

Compact2025, an initiative to work with countries to end hunger and undernutrition by 2025, was launched by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in November 2015.

Inspired and informed by successes in many countries, Compact2025 seeks to bring evidence, data and innovation to the challenge of ending hunger and undernutrition. For example:

  • Brazil dramatically cut poverty, hunger and undernutrition by aggressively expanding effective social protection programmes and targeted nutrition interventions.
  • China improved rural incomes, food security and nutrition by making it easier for small farmers to produce and purchase more nutritious foods.
  • In Ethiopia, the increased investments in agricultural productivity, productive social safety nets and sanitation is accelerating reduction in hunger and child stunting.

The strategies these countries used can be adapted elsewhere through Compact2025’s knowledge and innovation hub.

Working through country-owned and country-led networks

By working through country-owned and country-led networks, Compact2025 will mobilise diverse stakeholders at the national and subnational levels to innovate and cooperate across sectors to eliminate the complex causes of hunger and undernutrition.

Compact2025 is guided by a high-level council that includes representatives from the World Food Programme, the European Commission, civil society organisations, the private sector, and government officials from Rwanda, Malawi and Ethiopia. Gao Min, an Olympic gold medal diver, is serving as Compact2025’s first ambassador.

Four focal countries—Rwanda, Ethiopia, Malawi, and Bangladesh—have already come on board to partner with Compact2025. They are committed to rapidly ending hunger and undernutrition by working to scale-up existing programmes for greater impact, and by learning from countries that have succeeded in reducing hunger and undernutrition.

Ending hunger and undernutrition by 2025 will contribute to other UN Sustainable Development Goals. For example, it will help to end extreme poverty by 2030, reduce mortality, promote educational attainment and generate higher quality jobs. Compact2025 will also support climate action by strengthening capacities for climate change adaptation through sustainable food systems.

More information on Compact2025

Compact2025 Website

(IFPRI/ile)