FAO and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals offer a vision of a fairer, more prosperous, peaceful and sustainable world in which no one is left behind.
In food - the way it is grown, produced, consumed, traded, transported, stored and marketed - lies the fundamental connection between people and the planet, and the path to inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
Without rapid progress in reducing and eliminating hunger and malnutrition by 2030, the full range of
Sustainable Development Goals cannot be achieved. At the same time, reaching the other SDGs will pave the way for ending hunger and extreme poverty. We can advance faster if we work together.
The battle to end hunger and poverty must be principally fought in rural areas, which is where almost 80 percent of the world’s hungry and poor live. To do this, we need to show a strong political will while also investing in the critical agents of change – smallholders, family farmers, rural women, fisher folk, indigenous communities, youth and other vulnerable or marginalized people.
It is possible to eradicate hunger by 2030. This requires a combination of pro-poor investments in sustainable
agriculture and rural development and social protection measures to immediately lift people out of chronic
undernourishment and poverty.
There are more people to feed with less water, farmland and biodiversity. But the world produces enough food
for all. We need to transform our current input-heavy food systems to make them more sustainable – including
reducing food waste and loss – through better management and improved techniques in agriculture, livestock,
fisheries and forestry. Agriculture also has a major role to play in combating desertification and other negative
impacts of climate change.
With its expertise and resources, FAO is well positioned to support countries in achieving the Sustainable
Development Goals, most of which are related to FAO’s work. We cannot afford to miss the opportunity of
becoming the Generation Zero Hunger.