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October 13, 2020 - A joint appeal for SDG 2

The 'State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World' (SOFI) Report 2020 shows that the number of starving people has risen again. This effect is intensified by the consequences of the coronavirus. The World Food Programme (WFP) expects the number of people in need of direct food aid to rise from 135 million to 265 million in 2020. These are dramatic figures that must be put in relation to the G7 decision (Elmau 2015) to lift 500 million people out of hunger and poverty by 2030. In order to achieve this goal, the right measures must now be taken, political responsibility assumed and resources mobilized.


The German government therefore invites to two separate but consecutive events on October 13th to create a joint appeal for the achievement of SDG 2 by 2030: The event 'A World Without Hunger is Possible - What to Do' in the morning, as well as the virtual event at the start of the GAFSP replenishment phase 2020-2025 'Partnering to Transform Food Systems Globally'.



One World no Hunger: Meet the people driving rural transformation.

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A world without hunger is possible – What must be done

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Partnering to Transform Food Systems Globally

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A world without hunger is possible – What must be done

As the highlight of the event series, the German government invites a Nobel Prize winner, representatives of UN organizations, scientists and decision-makers to discuss the results of the Ceres2030 study and the ZEF/FAO report. Objective of the two studies was to determine how much public money should be invested in which measures to end hunger and malnutrition by 2030. The aim of the event is to provide new impulses for the achievement of SDG2 in the run-up to World Food Day on October 16, 2020, and to translate these into recommendations for action and solutions from the international community to the European Commission.


Afterwards, the CERES2030 team will invite the participants in a separate session for an in-depth presentation and discussion of the study results.

A world without hunger is possible – What must be done.

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Dr Gerd Müller
Federal Minister for Economic
Cooperation and Development

Carin Smaller
IISD and Co-Director Ceres2030

Dr Magdalena Skipper
Editor in Chief, Nature

Professor Joachim von Braun
Director of the Center for
Development Research (ZEF)

Professor Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee
2019 Nobel Memorial Prize laureate
in Economic Sciences

Bill Gates
Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr Agnes Kalibata
UN Special Envoy for the
2021 Food Systems Summit

Dr Ousmane Badiane
Co-Chair – Executive Chairperson
of Akademiya2063

Dr Máximo Torero
Chief Economist of the FAO

Jutta Urpilainen
EU Commissioner for International

Dr Maria Flachsbarth
Parliamentary State Secretary to the
Federal Minister for Economic
Cooperation and Development

Katie Gallus

"Helping small-scale farmers is one
of the best ways to respond to the
impacts of COVID-19,
to reduce global hunger,
and mitigate the effects of climate change.

Bill Gates  

Co-Chair Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 

"The evidence-based recommendations
from the Ceres2030 team,
which we are publishing in the Nature Research journals,
lay the groundwork for achieving
the ambitious target of ending hunger by 2030.

Dr Magdalena Skipper 

Editor in Chief, Nature 

Governments spend unprecedented
amounts of money
in response to Covid-19
– the cost of achieving the end of hunger
is going to be a fraction of what it is costing now
in response to the pandemic

Carin Smaller

IISD and Co-Director Ceres2030 

"We can still beat hunger!
To reach this goal by 2030, we need to act immediately.
The longer we wait, the more expensive it will be
to achieve a world without hunger.

Gunther Beger

Directorate-General, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Interview with Gunther Beger (BMZ)

How much will it cost to sustainably end world hunger by 2030? This question was posed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) that commissioned two research teams with finding an answer. The results of the studies will be presented on October 13 in the run-up to World Food Day.


The Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) was launched by the G20 countries in 2010 in response to the 2008-09 food price crisis to increase both public and private investment in agriculture. An overview of the programme's approach, results and impact.

Interview with Carin Smaller (Ceres2030)

Over a period of two years, the Ceres2030 team spent researching answers to the questions of how much it will how much it will cost to realize SDG 2 and where that money should be spent most effectively. IISD Senior Advisor and Ceres2030 Co-director Carin Smaller about small farmers, machine learning and women empowerment.

Publications and Press

Ending Hunger by 2030 - Policy Actions and Costs

By Joachim von Braun (ZEF), Bezawit Beyene Chichaibelu (ZEF), Maximo Torero Cullen (FAO), David Laborde (IFPRI), Carin Smaller (IISD)

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Ending Hunger, Increasing Incomes, and Protecting the Climate

Report by David Laborde (IFPRI), Marie Parent (Cornell University) and Carin Smaller (IISD)

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From Potentials to Reality: Transforming Africa´s Food Production

Investment and policy priorities for sufficient, nutritious and sustainable food supplies. A Study by ZEF.

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"A world without hunger is possible - we need a green agricultural revolution"

Press release of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (german only).

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Investment costs and policy action opportunities for reaching a world without hunger

A Study by ZEF in cooperation with FAO

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Nature Research Collection: Sustainable Solutions to End Hunger

This collection presents, evidence-based recommendations from the Ceres2030 team on where to prioritize spending on interventions to achieve SDG2 by 2030.

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Ceres2030 Summary: Sustainable Solutions to End Hunger

A world without hunger is possible - it is within reach. So let's act: Summary report of the CERES2030 study by IFPRI, Cornell University and IISD.

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