There is enough food to feed everyone, yet 815 million people go hungry because they either have no land to grow food, or money to purchase it. SDG2 Zero hunger considers the growing global population, which will rise by another two billion to around 10 billion by 2050. Food production will need to increase by 50 percent globally.
Master student Ben Gill (MSc Business Information Management) says resolving SDG2 No Hunger is a matter of distribution; there is enough food to feed everyone, but not everyone has access to it. How can the agriculture industry become more productive, fairer and inclusive with minimal impact on the environment?
Dr Marta Szymanowska is associate professor of finance at RSM. She researches empirical asset pricing and commodity futures markets. Here, she gives her perspective on the role of financial markets in eliminating hunger. Price volatility is one of the problems in achieving this goal.
A trio of experts present the ideal culture of investment that can ensure sustainable growth without harming the environment. Pieternel Boogaard is global head of agribusiness, food & water; Joanita Wartemberg is portfolio analyst, and Toghrul Khalilli is investment associate; all three work at FMO, the Dutch Development Bank.
RSM intends to incorporate these videos, complemented with assignments and teaching cases, as learning modules into its programmes.
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Want to start applying your knowledge? Here are easy tips related to SDG 2:
- Freeze fresh produce and leftovers if you don’t have the chance to eat them before they go bad. You can also do this with take-away or delivered food, if you know you will not feel like eating it the next day. You will save food and money.
- Support food programs. They provide over 20 times more food than food banks, food pantries and soup kitchen.
- Support local farmers by buying your food at farmer’s markets. Use seasonal and fairly traded food.
Want to do more? Here are the Good Life Goals.
You might also be interested in:
- Business and the Sustainable Development Goals – a framework for effective corporate involvement, a short book by Prof. Rob van Tulder.
- The Partnerships Research Centre at RSM, a specialist research centre at RSM that researches a more sustainable and inclusive world in which business, civil society and governments each play an important role.
- The Erasmus Food Lab on campus, for cooks, researchers and food entrepreneurs.