Wageningen University & Research is proud to host the international conference 'Towards zero hunger: Partnerships for impact’, which will take place in Wageningen, the Netherlands, on 30-31 August 2018. The conference centres around Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture (SDG2) and create partnerships (SDG17).
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and underlying targets are interdependent. SDG2 Zero Hunger, is strongly related to other goals and underlying targets like SDG1 Zero poverty, SDG3 Health, SDG6 Water, SDG11 Urbanisation, SDG12 Sustainable consumption, SDG13 climate action, and SDG14 and 15 Life on land and water. Understanding the different interactions among SDGs and their targets is key to unlock their full potential at multiple-scales, and to ensure progress in some areas is not made at the expense of others.
To reach zero hunger, new sustainable, inclusive and resilient food systems matching local needs and circumstances and taking into account higher scale-levels conditions are required. Designing and promoting such solutions requires the involvement of all parties that are playing a role in the food system, i.e. governments, research, industry, civil society, and financial institutions. It asks for the application of transdisciplinary and multi-actor approaches to co-innovation and co-investment.
This conference brings together key stakeholders to discuss their views and contributions for achieving the SDGs, and to take action towards reaching the targets and partnerships. The focus for presentations, dialogues and actions is: “Evidence base for healthy , sustainable and inclusive food systems”, “Balancing synergies and trade-offs between SDGs”, and “Governance and SDGs”. The outputs of these three themes lead into ”Foodsystem transformation Pathways to achieve the SDGs”. These pathways will be developed through an interactive process with the participants of the various stakeholders.