Female farmer in Makueni County, Kenya, June 2019. Small-scale food producers face disproportionate challenges in accessing inputs and services.
Photo: ©FAO/Luis Tato

25.07.2019

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The world is off-track to meet most food and agriculture-related Sustainable Development Goals, the FAO warns. Sufficient investment in the agricultural sector is needed, but public expenditure in agriculture has been declining. Especially Sub-Saharan Africa and Oceania are faced with low values of public investment in agriculture.

Four Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been analysed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: SDG 2 – Zero Hunger, SDG – 6 Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG 14 – Life below Water and SDG 15 – Life on Land. The results published in July 2019 are worsening: The world is off-track to meet most of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets linked to hunger, food security and nutrition.

More than 820 million people are still hungry today. The number of hungry people in the world has been on the rise for three years in a row, and is back to levels seen in 2010-2011. In parallel, the percentage of hungry people out of the total population has slightly increased, from 10.6 per cent in 2015 to 10.8 per cent in 2018.

Small-scale food producers - who represent the majority of all farmers in many developing countries - face disproportionate challenges in accessing inputs and services, and as a result, their incomes and productivity are systematically lower compared to larger food producers.

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