The Netherlands’ food and nutrition security policy contributes to the objectives of SDG 2: eliminating malnutrition, doubling the productivity and income of small-scale farmers (both women and men) and making food production systems more sustainable. The problem is urgent, as world hunger has increased again in recent years. The Netherlands has formulated a realistic contribution to SDG 2 and translated it into three long-term goals that we wish to achieve by 2030:
Lifting 32 million people out of undernourishment, especially children. Doubling the productivity and income of 8 million family farms.Converting 7.5 million hectares of existing agricultural land to more sustainable use
In addition to activities that target these goals directly, we are also working on a better enabling environment for food security. This includes knowledge and capacity, private-sector development, land tenure security, the position of women, and the interplay with other sectors and themes. This report will also present a number of results related to these topics.
The results show that the efforts deployed to achieve the goals set are generally sufficient. Enough malnourished people and family farms are being reached to achieve the goals set by the Netherlands in 2030. Only the amount of agricultural land converted to sustainable use remains too low. We also see demonstrably positive effects in fields such as improved nutrient intake, productivity, market access, management of natural resources and resilience to shocks. In many cases, the sustainability of these effects in the long term cannot be determined yet. We aim to get a better picture in the future, in order to show our contribution to the global objectives for 2030 (eliminating malnutrition, doubling the productivity and income of family farms, and conversion of land tomore sustainable use). Further methodology development is required to measure these long-term effects.
The report also highlights three factors contributing to a better enabling environment for food security: establishingland tenure security, a strong position for women and improved knowledge and innovation. The results indicate that substantial contributions have also been made in these fields.