Agri-food and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
The agri-food sector contributes significantly to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Many of these goals are directly connected to the agri-food value chain, such as hunger, nutrition, global partnerships, jobs, and economic growth. To nourish the 815 million people who are hungry around the world and the 2 billion extra people expected to be undernourished by 2050, investments in agriculture and food production are crucial. Such investments will increase productivity and create more sustainable food production systems.
The timetable for the UN goals, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is similar to the timeline for the European Commission’s FOOD 2030 initiative, which emphasizes the importance of research to create more sustainable, circular, inclusive, competitive, and healthy food systems. The initiative calls for a better approach to innovation that deploys solutions for key issues such as food waste, which equals 20% of EU production. The initiative also calls for coherent policy actions that go beyond funding for research and development.