Zeroing in on ending hunger

In this joint report with Devex, we explore perspectives on the challenges, priorities and critical next steps for achieving zero hunger by 2030.

As the Sustainable Development Goals’ 2030 deadline approaches, efforts to eradicate hunger are in danger of being blown off course by a string of crises related to climate change, the Covid-19 pandemic and conflict.

Regaining lost ground remains possible — but only if the global community remedies the problem with bold collective action, mobilising additional resources, investing in innovation and adopting fresh ways of working.

According to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 report, at least 120 million more people in the world faced hunger in 2020 compared to 2019. Africa experienced the largest rise, with 21% of the population — double that of any other region experiencing undernourishment in 2020.

Asia was home to more than half of the world’s undernourished people, or 418 million, while the number of people living with hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean surged by a record 30% in 2020, largely due to Covid-19.

To build a full picture of the global development community’s current perspectives on existing challenges and gather insights on how we can still achieve zero hunger by 2030, Devex, in partnership with Action Against Hunger, surveyed over 800 global humanitarian and development professionals and conducted in-depth interviews with 11 experts in the hunger and nutrition space.

By bringing together diverse perceptions from the global development landscape, the resulting report is a unique look into one of the urgent problems of our time.