How big companies can help to end hunger

The “End Hunger, Nourish the Future Pledge” is being developed by colleagues at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), IFPRI, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Grow Africa, and Grow Asia, working with business associations, member states, donors and others in the context of the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit.

In this blog for the International Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Carin Smaller (Director, Agriculture, Trade & Investment of the International Institute for Sustainable Development) and Lawrence Haddad (Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition), call on businesses to step up and make financial commitments to help improve nutrition and end hunger.

Recent research from Ceres2030 indicates that we can reduce the number of hungry people from 690 million today to 170 million by 2030, with an additional annual spending of $33 billion. While much of this should come from governments, the private sector has the opportunity to catalyse change and help accelerate action by aligning investments. Ceres 2030 outlines three areas for action, and opportunities for companies to align their investments: Empower the excluded (e.g. strengthen farmer organisations, education for rural youth, social protection; On the farm (e.g. farm extension, irrigation, finance, infrastructure, R&D, production subsidies); and Food on the move (e.g. infrastructure and technical assistance to help small and medium enterprises, investment in storage and sustainable energy and cold chains). 

Read the full blog here: How big companies can help to end hunger