The world is still far from achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as an analysis by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) which was published in September 2021 shows.
"It's an alarming picture, in which progress on many SDG targets has been reversed, with a significant impact on all aspects of sustainable development and making the achievement of the 2030 Agenda even more challenging," said FAO Chief Statistician, Pietro Gennari.
The analysis Tracking progress on food and agriculture-related SDG indicators 2021 focuses on eight SDGs (1, 2, 5, 6, 10, 12, 14 and 15). It is FAO's third assessment of its kind, and is based on the latest data and estimates available.
Below are some of the areas in which the world is falling behind or making negligible progress.
Areas in which progress is being made include:
The report stresses the need to scale up investment in agriculture, improve access to new agricultural technologies, credit services and information resources for farmers, support small-scale food producers, conserve plant and animal genetic resources for food and agriculture, adopt measures to counter food price volatility and prevent potentially hazardous events from devolving into full-blown disasters.
It also calls for more action to use water more efficiently in regions most affected by high water stress, better targeted interventions to reduce food losses and waste and more protection of terrestrial and forest ecosystems. It suggests much more progress is needed both regarding the legal and practical aspects of women's land rights and to combat the threat of IUU fishing to the sustainability of global fisheries. Finally, the report makes an urgent call for more and better data.
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