The Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems (SAFS) Thematic Network believes that achieving SDG 2 by 2030 is within our reach. Achieving this SDG means that everyone can enjoy a healthy diet that is produced by a productive and sustainable agricultural sector. In addition, achieving SDG 2 contributes to achieving other, related SDGs on e.g. poverty, health, education, economic and social growth, peace and security, and preserving the world’s environment.
Currently, however, 815 million people are undernourished, an additional 1 billion people lack key micronutrients like iron and vitamin A in their diets and 2 billion adults are obese or overweight. Moreover, demand for food will greatly increase in the coming decades due to rising incomes and an additional 2-3 billion people to feed. To meet these challenges and achieve SDG 2, transformational changes in agriculture and food systems are needed.
The SAFS network will:
- Develop transformation pathways for SDG 2 and related SDGs on national and local level in cooperation with relevant stakeholders (this work builds on the Agricultural Transformation Pathways Solutions Initiative)
- Enable research, learning and education around SDG 2
- Contribute to monitoring progress towards SDG 2 using indicators and metrics
- Advocate for organizational commitments
- Activate the private sector: How can businesses contribute to achieving and measuring their contribution to the SDGs?
The Thematic Network is hosted by Wageningen University and Research in collaboration with Rothamsted Research and Cornell University. For any queries, please contact Linda Veldhuizen.
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Other Thematic Networks
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has established 12 Thematic Networks comprising leading scientists, engineers, academics and practitioners from business and civil society to promote solutions to key challenges of sustainable development. The Thematic Networks are solution oriented rather than research oriented and aim to identify practical solutions to the challenges of sustainable development.
This network seeks to chart an integrated pathway for sustainable development through to 2050 that includes achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as interim milestones by 2030. Drawing on the best available modeling frameworks for the full range of SDGs, the network will also develop a business-as-usual pathway to identify the cost of inaction.
This thematic network looks at how to accelerate progress in the most fragile regions and how to ensure coherence between the development and humanitarian agendas. The work of this network relates in particular to SDG 16 and cuts across all goals areas.
This network focuses on human rights and works towards a world where the equal dignity and worth of every individual is respected and valued. It focuses in particular on the realization of SDGs 5, 10, and 16, and its work cuts across all goals areas.
This network takes a comprehensive, lifelong and multigenerational approach to learning to maximize the world’s potential for sustainable development. The network aims to support the fulfillment of SDG 4 in particular.
As articulated in SDG 3, health is crucial for sustainable development, as it sits at the nexus of the social, environmental, economic, and governance issues. While the MDGs brought new vigor to specific global health challenges, this network seeks to expand the global agenda, with a focus on Universal Health Coverage.
The network comprises the members of the Deep Decarbonization Pathway Project (DDPP), an initiative that prepares national, long-term low-emission development pathways that are consistent with the 2°C target, working with 16 country research teams. The work of the DDPP supports the achievement of SDG 13 on climate action.
This network explores how to provide healthy diets to a growing world population while reducing the environmental impact of agriculture. It also looks at how the three pillars of sustainable development can be realized in rural areas. The network’s activities explicitly aim to support the fulfillment of SDG 2.
This network seeks integrative solutions for securing biodiversity and improving the management of ecosystem services, from fisheries and timber to forest carbon sinks. Moving forward the work will be separated into a network focusing on oceans and one addressing forests in particular. Together they will support the achievement of SDGs 14 and 15.
Today, 50% of the world’s 7 billion people live in cities, and, by 2050, this will rise to 70%. This thematic network seeks to identify practical solutions for improving urban management and achieving sustainable cities and human settlements (SDG 11). The work will build on the Campaign for an Urban Sustainable Development Goal, which now aims to support SDG 11 and the achievement of all the SDGs at subnational levels.
Extractive industries are critical drivers of many economies, but often place a great burden on environmental systems, or affect societies in areas of extraction. This network looks at how to better use resource endowments, including land, for sustainable development. Much of the work of this group touches upon good resource management, linked to SDG 12, as well as accountability and building strong institutions, as per the objectives of SDG 16.
The SDSN is partnering with the World Business Council and other business groups on a number of initiatives, including the Low-Carbon Technology Partnership initiative (LCTPi). This targeted collaboration replaces the dedicated Thematic Network.
TReNDS seeks to identify new and innovative information and monitoring systems necessary to guide the SDGs, as well as existing approaches to data collection, compilation, analysis, and dissemination that might help data users to overcome gaps and limitations. The network members are actively engaged in Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data launched in September 2015.