Sustainable Development Goal 2: Policy Research

Principal Investigator Jessica Fanzo, PhD, Principal Investigator, Director, Global Food Ethics and Policy Program, Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics & SAIS


The UN’s Second Sustainable Development Goal (SDG2) is “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.”

As part of the global effort to accelerate progress towards eliminating food insecurity and malnutrition in line with SDG2, the World Food Programme (WFP) has initiated a series of Zero Hunger Strategic Reviews. In partnership with WFP, we are conducting the Strategic Reviews for four countries: Timor-Leste, Afghanistan, Bhutan, and Nepal.

These reviews evaluate the results that have been achieved and the response gaps that still need to be addressed. The purpose of the Strategic Reviews is to enable governments to accelerate progress towards eliminating food insecurity and malnutrition in line with SDG2, as well as to inform national and international efforts to achieve Zero Hunger worldwide.


Zero Hunger Strategic Review: Timor-Leste

Under the stewardship of former President Ramos-Horta and the Bishop of Dili, a Zero Hunger Strategic Review (SR) was undertaken with a view to determining what needs to be done to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2 in Timor Leste: “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture”. The SR serves both as a research exercise designed to give a consolidated picture of hunger and nutrition challenges in Timor Leste, and as a mechanism for supporting government to set priorities and find gaps in actions and policies currently implemented in Timor-Leste to achieve Zero Hunger. In turn, the SR allows all stakeholders to anchor their programs for achieving zero hunger in support of a clear set of government priorities and needs.

The findings and the recommendations of the Strategic Review will inform national development planning processes and contribute to the planning of all actors involved in food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture in Timor-Leste.

Publications:

Fanzo, J., Boavida, J., Bonis-Profumo, G., McLaren, R., and Davis, C. Timor Leste Strategic Review: Progress and Success in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 2.  2017. Centre of Studies for Peace and Development (CEPAD) and Johns Hopkins University.

J. Fanzo and R. McLaren. Poor Countries Can’t Live on Rice Alone. (2017) Bloomberg.

Q&A with Becky McLaren on Food Security and Nutrition in Timor-Leste


Zero Hunger Strategic Review: Afghanistan

Under the direction of the Lead Convener, His Excellency Hedayat Amin Arsala, an independent Strategic Review (SR) was undertaken to explore how Afghanistan can best achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2 to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. With the guidance of an Advisory Committee and support from WFP, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), consultations were completed throughout the country in 2017.

Publications:

Afghanistan Zero Hunger Strategic Review. 2017. Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and World Food Programme.