The members have focused on selected political entry points to support the achievement of SDG2. By facilitating direct exchange and information sharing, the Platform enables its members to coordinate their development assistance. This coordination includes the “50 by 2030 Initiative,” a commitment to produce the largest-ever collection of data for agricultural development across 50 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America by 2030, launched at a side event of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in September 2018. Other action areas of our members include the partnership Ceres2030, which is critically analyzing the benefits, costs and trade-offs of agricultural interventions in achieving SDG2 as well as sharing expertise in reporting on SDGs. The current SDG indicator framework will remain in place at least until 2020, when the first comprehensive review is scheduled.
While agriculture, food and nutritional security should remain a major focus of attention, world leaders increasingly realize the complexity of the challenges. Nurturing a sustainable future requires major transformations across issues and sectors, which can achieved only be building bridges between disciplines, people, and territories.
Recent international conferences have acknowledged this complexity and begun to not only diagnose the problem but find solutions. The EU high-level event in April 2019 “Food and Agriculture in Times of Crises,” which also launched the 2019 Global Report on Food Crises concluded that greater collaboration of all actors across the humanitarian-development nexus will promote greater coherence and better effectiveness of collective efforts.
Wageningen University and Research’s international SDG2 conference in August 2018 “Towards Zero Hunger: Partnerships for Impact” united the discussion on SDG2 with SDG17 – Creating partnerships. Speaking at the conference high-level forum, Akinwumi Adesina, President of our member African Development Bank, emphasized the inter-connectedness of the efforts to tackle hunger and malnutrition: from electricity and financing instruments to technical innovation and political accountability as well as the cross-cutting issues of youth, gender and climate change.