On January 16, 2017, the T20 Task Force released a policy brief calling on G20 leaders to take new steps to eradicate hunger and improve the sustainability of agricultural systems. The task force includes SDSN Leadership Council Members and Co-Chairs of the Thematic Network on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Achim Dobermann of Rothamsted Research, UK, and Rebecca Nelson of Cornell University, USA, as well as Thematic Network member Ken Giller of Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Several SDSN member institutions are also represented on the task force.
The policy brief calls for a number of concrete actions to achieve SDG2 on hunger and sustainable agriculture, including forging new partnerships between scientists and policymakers, stepping up investment in research and development as well as extension services to improve farm performance, and leveraging new ICT tools to better communicate solutions and improve resource use efficiency. The document also makes recommendations about how to improve global governance around food and agriculture, to better address all forms of malnutrition, including hunger, micronutrient deficiency, and obesity. Despite progress under the MDGs, today one in four children worldwide are stunted, an indicator of chronic undernutrition, and nearly two billion people are obese.