Over the course of September and October, Germany will host a series of virtual events. Creating a space for diverse actors to gather, the events will take stock of what has worked and identify good practices in agriculture and food and nutrition security, in order to readjust the SDG2 roadmap and meet the Global Goals by 2030. This event series replaced the event planned to take place in Berlin in June 2020, which had to be cancelled due to COVID-19.
The events will place the necessary transformation of global food systems at the centre of discussions, tackling the nexus issues of food and nutrition security, climate change, rural development, gender and governance, planetary boundaries, as well as availability of data and innovation.
This page aims to give an overview of the upcoming event series and provide relevant resources and information.
A world without hunger is possible, and 2020 marked the start of the decade of action and the push to achieve SDG2 - Zero Hunger by 2030. With ten years to go, over two billion people are still suffering from malnutrition; almost 690 million of them affected by hunger. As the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change have shown, food and nutrition security is affected and exacerbated by global crises. With the world focused on the Coronavirus pandemic, a hunger pandemic is threatening to follow.
As one of the largest donors in the field of food and nutrition security and rural development, Germany has invested over €1.5 billion per annum over the past six years through its special initiative ONE WORLD no hunger. In its broad approach to combating hunger, the initiative has worked with change agents, game changers, leaders and visionaries from the fields of politics, science, business and civil society in 16 African and Asian countries. The result: A broad alliance of people and organizations committed to SDG2 and a mobilization of minds and ideas to tackle the challenges that matter most to rural communities – and the rural world.
As Germany presides over the EU Council, the time is now to step up the SDG2 momentum throughout Europe and the world. Promoted by the key German actors and stakeholders of the ONE WORLD no hungerinitiative, Meet the people driving rural transformation sets the stage for the makers and minds transforming rural regions around the world to enter the dialogue with their political, civil society and private sector counterparts in the European Union. For coordinated action on prioritising food and nutrition security and to ensure the right partnerships for achieving SDG2.
On 24 September, the ONE WORLD no hunger – Meet the people driving rural transformation event outlined four building blocks for change and the people working to make these blocks work:
This event was available for the public via Web-Stream on September 24 – 5 p.m. CET and can still be viewed via worldwithouthunger.org
The “State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World” (SOFI) Report 2020 shows that the number of hungry people has risen again. This effect is further reinforced by the consequences of coronavirus. The World Food Program (WFP) expects an increase from 135 million to 265 million people in need of direct food aid in 2020. These are dramatic figures that have to be put in relation to the G7 decision (Elmau 2015) to lift 500 million people out of hunger and poverty by 2030. As one of the largest bilateral donors, Germany has a special responsibility in this respect.
But to achieve SDG2 by 2030, all actors and instruments in the fight against hunger are required. 2020 is a year of destiny. Corona, global conflicts and climate change are causing the number of people suffering from hunger to continue to rise sharply and in order to achieve SDG2 by 2030, the right action must be taken now, and political responsibility must be assumed, and resources must be mobilized. To meet these needs, the German government is inviting to two events on October 13th to create a common appeal for the achievement of SDG 2 by 2030.
10 a.m. – 12 a.m.: A world without hunger is possible – What must be done
As the key moment in the series of events, the German government will invite a Nobel prize winner, representatives of UN agencies, scientists and decision makers to discuss the findings of the research study Ceres2030 and the ZEF/FAO report. The objective of the event is to generate new momentum for achieving SDG2 in the run-up to World Food Day on 16 October 2020 and lead into recommendations for action and solutions by the international community to the European Commission, in terms of a possible European way
The Ceres2030 report (authored by Cornell University, the International Food Research Policy Institute (IFPRI), and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)) explores different parts of the value chain, from small-scale producers to how food moves into markets to how agricultural investments can contribute to thriving food for delivering SDG2. Findings from the report's eight articles help to estimate what it will cost to end hunger sustainably, and what will be the most effective interventions to do so.
A study by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Center for Development Research (ZEF) in Bonn focuses on concrete investments and the required volume for success to overcome hunger. This is vital information for policy makers in the quest to fulfill the mandate of SDG 2, “Zero Hunger” by 2030.
Following the opening speech of German Federal Minister Dr. Gerd Müller and the presentation of the key study results by leading scientists Caren Smaller (CERES) and Joachim von Braun (ZEF) in the morning, the study authors will be joined by African representatives, including Agnes Kalibata, UNSG Special Envoy for the Food Systems Summit 2021, to moot the impacts of the study results for the common goal to achieve SDG2 by 2030. Proceeding from the discussed basic conditions for the transfer of the study results into practice, a catalog of demands with recommendations for action will be handed over to German Federal Minister Dr. Gerd Müller and Jutta Urpilainen, EU Commissioner for International Partnerships.
Subsequently, the CERES2030 team will invite the participants in a separate session for an deep dive presentation and discussion of the study results.
This virtual event is planned to be open to the public via live stream. Information, on which platform the event can be publicly witnessed, will soon be shared.
2 p.m. – 4 pm.: “Partnering to Transform Food Systems Globally“ Launch of GAFSP Replenishment Period (2020-2025)
A significant moment in this event series is the launch of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) replenishment period. In addition to the morning program, that reflects on new global evidence regarding financing needs to reach SDG2 goals by 2030, the afternoon program will focus on concrete actions and interventions, and particularly on the important role of multi-stakeholder partnerships as effective instruments in response to the evidence presented earlier that day.
GAFSP is a leading global financing mechanism that invests in agriculture worldwide as a way to reduce poverty, hunger, and malnutrition, and support resilient and sustainable agriculture systems in low-income countries. After 10 years in operation, GAFSP is recognized as key global financing vehicle for catalytic public and private investments across the entire agriculture value chain. It significantly contributes to SDG2 by investing in smallholder farmers and their communities. See the GAFSP Investment Case for further information on the fund.
The 2h-virtual event will launch the replenishment period with the objective to raise US$1.5 billion over the next five years (2020-2025). With these additional funds, GAFSP aims to achieve the following results:
The event will focus on evidence from 10 years of operation and partnerships, feature a panel discussion, as well as donor statements and contribution announcements led by Germany and from other donors.
Invitations will be sent out for this event; however, participation will also be possible for other stakeholders. Information on how to register will be shared in due time.