Sustainable Development Goal 2

Zero Hunger

Nearly 800 million people worldwide experience extreme hunger and malnutrition, snaring them in a cycle of low productivity and disease that creates a major barrier to human progress and sustainable development. Ending hunger by 2030 is not just a matter of providing food to populations in need. It will require significant investments in rural and urban food systems to expand sustainable agriculture, improve health support, and to build durable distribution networks.

Our work to improve food and feed production for humans and livestock in Africa is helping to secure livelihoods, enhance socio-economic status, and improve rural economies. And in the face of climate change, diminishing soil productivity, and growing water scarcity, we are leading innovative efforts to improve resource access for farmers through the safe use of wastewater in agriculture.


Lulu Zhang


“Land is fundamental to our lives; it is a source of food, energy, and water, and a sink for greenhouse gases. The sustainable use of land helps our society and economy to thrive. My research at UNU aims to unlock the potential of land to meet future demand without further depleting finite resources.”

Nyasha Tirivayi


“Although there is enough food to feed the world, over 800 million people go hungry each day. I want to help the global effort to eradicate hunger and malnutrition. My research at UNU examines the role of humanitarian, social, and agricultural programmes and innovations in alleviating hunger and improving the nutrition of vulnerable populations.”

Sabrina Kirschke


“Good quality of freshwater resources is fundamental in achieving sustainable social-ecological systems. However, poor governance often results in pollution of rivers, lakes, and groundwater. My research focuses on designing governance strategies for improved water quality within the nexus of the resources water, soil, and waste.”


International Satoyama Initiative

This project furthers understanding of landscape approaches to biodiversity and human well-being. It hosts the secretariat of the 258-member International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative and draws on the partnership's diverse evidence base in contributing to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, and related global policy agendas.

Irrigated Agriculture in West Africa

West Africa is facing challenges connected to water scarcity and depletion of soil fertility due to high variability of seasonal rainfall and other climate variables. To help overcome these challenges, this project is working with local stakeholders to develop easy-to-use, cost-effective, and efficient decision-making tools to improve management and yields of irrigated agriculture.

Agrodiversity and Sustainability

Agrodiversity refers to the ways in which farmers use the natural diversity of the environment for livelihoods, such as crop selection, and management of land, water and biota. This project is documenting best practices in forest management and rehabilitation, training postgraduate students, and strengthening local community capacity to mitigate and adapt to climate and ecosystem change.