Ireland has a strong history of leadership in working to eliminate global hunger. However, despite the progress in reducing global hunger over recent decades, there are more than 820 million people living in hunger.
Since 2015, the prevalence of undernourishment has stagnated. The absolute number of people living in hunger is again rising. More than a quarter of the world’s population, some 2 billion people, do not have regular access to nutritious and sufficient food.
On this evidence, the current global agricultural food system will not deliver on the Sustainable Development Goal of zero hunger by 2030. It is clear that current agricultural and food policies are leaving a large number of the world’s poorest people behind.
Furthermore, industrial agricultural systems are contributing to climate change, biodiversity loss and soil erosion. For these reasons, there is an urgent need for a global transition towards more sustainable and equitable agriculture and food systems.
Internationally, Ireland can renew its leadership role in combatting hunger by promoting transitions towards sustainable and resilient agricultural and food systems. Systems that deliver on the adequate right to food for all, advance social equity and address the challenges of climate change.
Trócaire calls on Ireland to:
- Actively support international processes, including those at the Committee on World Food Security, designed to deliver sustainable and transformative food systems in support of the 2030 ambition of zero hunger.
- Implement national policies across key sectors, including the agriculture and food sector that deliver the total emission reductions Ireland is obligated to meet under international climate agreements.