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​In Ireland, 

there is over

one million tonnes of

food waste disposed of each year

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, 2019

SDG 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030 


Hunger occurs when people do not get enough nutrients for fully active and healthy lifestyles, creating a trap from which people cannot easily escape. People affected by hunger are less productive individuals, who are more prone to disease and are often unable to earn more and improve their livelihoods. There are more than 800 million people who suffer from hunger worldwide and yet we waste 1 million tonnes of food each year in Ireland. It is time to rethink how we grow, share and consume our food. If done right, agriculture, forestry and fisheries can provide nutritious food for all and generate decent incomes, while protecting the environment. 

What Can I Do?

Check dates of food in your fridge. Move these items to the front and make sure to use these before others. Organise a food collection drive on your campus. Fill a box with non-perishable foods and donate it to a food bank. Support local farmers by buying your goods at local markets.

What Are The Targets?

2.1 By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round. 2.2 By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving, by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age, and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons. 2.3 By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment. 2.4 By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality. 2.5 By 2020, maintain the genetic diversity of seeds, cultivated plants and farmed and domesticated animals and their related wild species, including through soundly managed and diversified seed and plant banks at the national, regional and international levels, and promote access to and fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge, as internationally agreed. 2.A Increase investment, including through enhanced international cooperation, in rural infrastructure, agricultural research and extension services, technology development and plant and livestock gene banks in order to enhance agricultural productive capacity in developing countries, in particular least developed countries. 2.B Correct and prevent trade restrictions and distortions in world agricultural markets, including through the parallel elimination of all forms of agricultural export subsidies and all export measures with equivalent effect, in accordance with the mandate of the Doha Development Round. 2.C Adopt measures to ensure the proper functioning of food commodity markets and their derivatives and facilitate timely access to market information, including on food reserves, in order to help limit extreme food price volatility.