At the mid-point of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, there is an urgent need to understand where the world stands in eliminating hunger and food insecurity, as well as in ensuring sustainable agriculture. The new report of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), titled Tracking progress on food and agriculture-related SDG indicators, offers analysis and trends on indicators across eight Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – in particular, SDGs 1, 2, 5, 6, 10, 12, 14 and 15 – highlighting areas of progress and areas where further effort is needed.
Available in digital format, this year’s edition also discusses selected indicators for which FAO is a contributing agency and/or that have key implications for food and agriculture. These additional indicators provide valuable information on agricultural losses resulting from disasters, the distribution of land tenure rights, the prevalence of stunting and malnutrition, the impact of international trade policies and regulations on agricultural trade, especially in developing and least developed countries, and the proportion of land degradation.
This edition also includes, for the first time, an overall statistical progress assessment for SDG 2 that synthesizes information across all indicators aimed at achieving Zero Hunger, including those for which FAO is not the custodian agency.