Reforming Food Systems Critical To Achieving SDGs

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Why fixing food systems is crucial for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals
Martin Koehring, managing editor and global health lead at The Economist Intelligence Unit’s thought leadership division

“Global leaders have set themselves a series of ambitious goals and targets in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. … Faced with such a plethora of commitments, policymakers should look to fixing global food systems as a treasure trove of opportunity. … In order to meet SDG 2 (zero hunger) policymakers must look at the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of food systems and how they are interconnected. … SDGs focusing on areas such as hunger, health, and climate seem to be the obvious beneficiaries of a shift towards sustainable food systems. But there are important linkages between food systems and perhaps less obvious SDGs too — such as those on poverty (SDG 1), gender equality (SDG 5), and sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11) — thus demonstrating once again that food is a common thread linking all 17 SDGs. … [R]eforming food systems will provide a powerful lever for sustainable development the closer we get to meeting the SDGs” (4/8).