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SDG 2: Zero hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture


IEC work can significantly contribute to hunger reduction. Today, more than one third of food is lost, much of it because it is not cooled. Food waste is the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases.


By strengthening the cold chain post-harvest and slaughter, food waste and greenhouse gas emissions could be halved to directly help reduce world hunger. IEC work provides the foundation for domestic and industrial cooling systems and helps improve agricultural productivity, for example through irrigation technologies and pumps.


IEC work is relevant to the following SDG 2 targets

  • SDG 2.3: By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment
  • SDG 2.4: By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality
  • SDG 2.a: Increase investment, including through enhanced international cooperation, in rural infrastructure, agricultural research and extension services, technology development and plant and livestock gene banks in order to enhance agricultural productive capacity in developing countries, in particular least developed countries


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