Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

Zero Hunger

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 supporting people-centered rural development and protecting the environment.

Right now, our soils, freshwater, oceans, forests and biodiversity are being rapidly degraded. Climate change is putting even more pressure on the resources we depend on, increasing risks associated with disasters, such as droughts and floods. Many rural women and men can no longer make ends meet on their land, forcing them to migrate to cities in search of opportunities. Poor food security is also causing millions of children to be stunted, or too short for the ages, due to severe malnutrition.

A profound change of the global food and agriculture system is needed if we are to nourish the 815 million people who are hungry today and the additional 2 billion people expected to be undernourished by 2050. Investments in agriculture are crucial to increasing the capacity for agricultural productivity and sustainable food production systems are necessary to help alleviate the perils of hunger.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II Type III

Universities Fighting World Hunger

UFWH 2004 Auburn AL USA J

UNU Institute for Natural Resources in Africa

UNU-INRA 1986 Accra Ghana E j Institutes

UPA International Development

UPA DI 1993 Longueuil QC Canada G

Urban Farming

Southfield MI USA N


1992 Sassenberg Germany G Human Rights Organizations

Valid International

1999 Oxford UK G Humanitarian Organizations

VALID Nutrition

2005 Bantry Ireland F

Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences

Wageningen Netherlands G Professional Bodies

Vegan Society

1944 Hockley UK N

Vétérinaires Sans Frontières International

VSF International 1989 Brussels Belgium F

Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund

VGIF 1969 New York NY USA F f Funds, Human Rights Organizations

Vitamin Angels

2004 Santa Barbara CA USA G

Volunteers for Africa

2001 Nairobi Kenya G Humanitarian Organizations

War Child International

1993 Amsterdam Netherlands F Humanitarian Organizations


2008 Overijse Belgium F

Wellspring International Outreach

WIO 2008 N Humanitarian Organizations

WELLSTART International

1977 San Clemente CA USA G


1962 Bonn Germany G

West Africa Society of Agricultural Engineering

WASAE 2001 D

West African Association for the Development of Artisanal Fisheries

WADAF 1992 Dakar Senegal D

West African Association of Food Science and Technology

WAAFoST 2008 Guelph ON Canada D

West African Centre for Rural and Agricultural Credit Training

WACRACT Nairobi Kenya S c Conference Series

West African Network of Farmers' Organizations and Agricultural Producers

2000 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F

West African Women's Association

WAWA 1984 Dakar Senegal E

West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development

WECARD 1987 Dakar Senegal F

West India Committee

WIC 1735 London UK F v

West Indies Central Sugar Cane Breeding Station

CBS 1962 St George Barbados E

West Indies Sugarcane Breeding and Evaluation Network

WISBEN St George Barbados K

Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission

WCPFC Kolonia Micronesia FS E gy International Federations, IGOs

Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission

WECAFC 1973 Christ Church Barbados E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council

Honolulu HI USA G g IGOs

Wetlands International

1995 Wageningen Netherlands B

WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

EMRO 1948 Cairo Egypt E g WHO Bodies, IGOs

Windward Islands Farmers' Association

WINFA 1987 Kingstown St Vincent-Grenadines F

WMO Applications of Meteorology Programme

AMP Geneva Switzerland K g IGOs

Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management

WOCAN Washington DC USA G

Women's World Summit Foundation

WWSF 1991 Geneva Switzerland F f Foundations, Human Rights Organizations

Working Group on Criteria and Indicators for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Temperate and Boreal Forests

Montreal Process 1994 Tokyo Japan E

Working Group on Prolamin Analysis and Toxicity

WGPAT 1985 Esslingen Germany D

Working Group on Rainforests and Biodiversity

1987 Bielefeld Germany G v

World Agricultural Forum

WAF 1997 St Louis MO USA G

World Agricultural Information Centre

WAICENT 1992 Rome Italy K g FAO Bodies, IGOs

World Agroforestry Centre

ICRAF 1977 Nairobi Kenya E

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action

WABA 1991 Penang Malaysia B y International Federations

World Alliance for Nutrition and Human Rights

WANAHR 1992 The Hague Netherlands F Human Rights Organizations

World Aquaculture Society

WAS 1970 Sorrento LA USA C

World Assemblies of God Fellowship

WAGF 1988 Springfield MO USA F Humanitarian Organizations

World Association for Buiatrics

WAB 1962 Ozzano dell'Emilia Italy C y International Federations

World Association of Beet and Cane Growers

WABCG 1984 Paris France E

World Association of Seaweed Processors

MARINALG International 1976 Brussels Belgium D