Sustainable Development Goals

Farming First’s #SDG2countdown

This July, the United Nations will meet to track progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. Farming First is calling attention to the importance of “SDG2: Ending Hunger” with a five-week countdown!

For each of the five weeks ahead of the U.N.’s High Level Political Forum in New York, Farming First will take an in-depth look at one of the five “targets” within SDG2. What are the main themes? How is the agricultural sector making a difference? Our online campaign will culminate at an Agriculture & Food Day being held in New York on 13th July.

This week, explore SDG2.4 on RESILIENCE!


How did you do? Click to view the infographic with answers to the SDG2.4 quiz on building resilience.

Did you miss our content on SDG2.5 last week? Click below to explore quizzes, infographics & more:

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A history of agriculture and the SDGs

At Rio+20 in June 2012, the world’s governments agreed that a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should be created to replace the  Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they come to an end in 2015.

The agricultural sector is well-placed to contribute to this new “post-2015 “ development agenda given its potential to contribute to increased food security, poverty alleviation and reduced child mortality through better nutrition, among others.

The SDGs emphasize the importance of agriculture and the need to reinvigorate farming worldwide by supporting farmers, increasing investments in research, technology and market infrastructure and extending knowledge sharing. This will catalyse innovation and empower farmers.

Throughout the SDG process, Farming First is bringing the collective voice of farmers, scientists and businesses working in agriculture to the forefront of the dialogue—while reinforcing the Farming First six key principles to achieving sustainable agriculture.

Explore our toolkits & infographics on agriculture & the SDGs

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Why is agriculture so important to the Sustainable Development Goals? Here’s five reasons:

  1. Investments in agriculture have no parallels in other sectors in terms of the potential to promote food security, nutrition, human development and sustainable economic growth.
  2. Farmers in the developing world can become as productive as those in the developed world —while supporting continuous gains in sustainability for all.
  3. Farmers need to be empowered through greater knowledge sharing and through delivering accessible, quality extension in farm management and marketing.
  4. Agriculture requires supportive frameworks for investment in infrastructure and inclusive markets.
  5. If given the right support, farmers and other stakeholders across the value chain have great potential to address food waste and food loss.

Share your stories online using #Ag4SDGs!

View the sources for the SDG2.5 quiz & infographic here.