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Explore The Story of Agriculture’s Central Role in Sustainable Development Goals Interactively

In New York this week with a Farming First delegation to the UN negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals, it is a great time to look at the breadth of the impact agriculture has on all aspects of development, including poverty, resilience, and water use. This great new Farming First interactive essay “The Story of Agriculture and the Sustainable Development Goals” offers key information on the role of agriculture.

The essay also features a detailed breakdown of data relating to Sustainable Development Goal 2 which directly calls to “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”, to inform policymaking around this issue. For instance:

  • More than three-quarters of the increased food we will need to produce by 2030 needs to come from increased productivity.
  • A warming climate could cut crop yields by more than 25%.
  • 10% of the biodiversity seen in 2000 may be lost by 2030, resulting due to infrastructure, agriculture & climate impacts
  • $239 billion invested over 15 years, in road, rail & electricity would yield benefits of $3.1 trillion by reducing food waste
  • Every $1 invested in agriculture results in a reduction of 68kgC of emissions.

Click here to get “The Story of Agriculture and the Sustainable Development Goals”