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UN launches food systems initiative to get SDGs drive back on track

by Haruna Gimba

By Asmau Ahmad

The United Nations has launched an initiative for accelerated transformation in food systems to help get the drive toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) back on track.

According to development indicators, almost half of the SDGs targets are moderately or severely off track, and 37 per cent are showing no change.

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said transforming the food systems was key to getting the world back on track and reversing these worrying trends.

Amina Mohammed said this at the closing of the UN Food Systems Summits+2 Stocktaking Moment in Rome on Wednesday.

He announced the launch of a new initiative to support needed to address the lack of resources and “turn the situation around.”

The Joint SDGs Fund’s Window on Food Systems, she added, would bring to life an investment strategy in food systems and “catalyse the rapid and system-wide action needed for food system transformation under the UN Food Systems Hub.”

However, adequate funding remains a major obstacle for countries to improve their food systems and ensure everyone can access nutritious diets.

Earlier today, the deputy secretary-general spoke at an event on the use of space technology for transforming agri-food systems, saying the profound changes underway in outer space, especially the growing access and use of low-earth orbit, could become game-changers for the 2030 Agenda.

“If we can effectively harness its potential, space technology could become among the most significant new technologies for agricultural and agri-food systems and ultimately lead to more sustainable, resilient, and efficient agri-food systems,” she said.

Space technologies are already increasing the productivity and efficiency of farms – and if fully utilised, they can help farmers increase yields by more than 10 per cent, according to estimates.

Space solutions can also cut down costs by up to 20 per cent, including fertiliser, fuel, and pesticides – protecting land from degradation, improving soil quality, and contributing to climate action through more sustainable use of Earth’s natural resources. 

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