Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

Zero Hunger

Goal 2 is about creating a world free of hunger by 2030.The global issue of hunger and food insecurity has shown an alarming increase since 2015, a trend exacerbated by a combination of factors including the pandemic, conflict, climate change, and deepening inequalities.

By 2022, approximately 735 million people – or 9.2% of the world’s population – found themselves in a state of chronic hunger – a staggering rise compared to 2019. This data underscores the severity of the situation, revealing a growing crisis.

In addition, an estimated 2.4 billion people faced moderate to severe food insecurity in 2022. This classification signifies their lack of access to sufficient nourishment. This number escalated by an alarming 391 million people compared to 2019.

The persistent surge in hunger and food insecurity, fueled by a complex interplay of factors, demands immediate attention and coordinated global efforts to alleviate this critical humanitarian challenge.

Extreme hunger and malnutrition remains a barrier to sustainable development and creates a trap from which people cannot easily escape. Hunger and malnutrition mean less productive individuals, who are more prone to disease and thus often unable to earn more and improve their livelihoods.

2 billion people in the world do not have regular access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food. In 2022, 148 million children had stunted growth and 45 million children under the age of 5 were affected by wasting.

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

European Food Emulsifier Manufacturers' Association

EFEMA 1973 Brussels Belgium D

European Food Information Council

EUFIC 1995 Brussels Belgium D

European Food Information Resource

EuroFIR 2009 Brussels Belgium F

European Food Law Association

EFLA 1973 Brussels Belgium D

European Food Safety Authority

EFSA 2001 Parma Italy F g

European Food Sovereignty Movement

NYELENI 1996 Brussels Belgium F

European Food Sustainable Consumption and Production Round Table

European Food SCP Roundtable 2009 Brussels Belgium E y

European Forest Genetic Resources Programme

EUFORGEN 1994 Barcelona Spain E g

European Forest Institute

EFI 1993 Joensuu Finland E gjy

European Forest Institute Mediterranean Facility

EFIMED 2007 Barcelona Spain E y

European Forest Science Academic Network

Silva Network 1989 Dresden Germany F

European Forestry Commission

EFC 1947 Geneva Switzerland E g

European Forum for Agricultural and Rural Advisory Services

EUFRAS 2013 Riga Latvia F

European Forum of Farm Animal Breeders

EFFAB Brussels Belgium F

European Forum on Agricultural Research for Development

EFARD 1997 Wageningen Netherlands F

European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism

EFNCP Lampeter UK F

European Forum on Urban Forestry


European Fresh Produce Association

FRESHFEL Europe 2002 Brussels Belgium D t

European GMO-Free Regions Network

2005 Wiesbaden Germany F g

European Grassland Federation

EGF 1963 Hedingen Switzerland D

European Initiative for Agricultural Research for Development

EIARD Brussels Belgium F g

European Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Advisory Commission

EIFAAC 1957 Rome Italy E g

European Institute of the Cultivated Forest

Cestas France G j

European Lactation Consultants Alliance


European Liaison Committee for Agricultural and Agri-Food Trades

1980 Brussels Belgium E yt

European Live Poultry and Poultry Hatching Egg Association

ELPHA 2015 Brussels Belgium J

European Milk Bank Association

EMBA 2010 Milan Italy D

European Milk Board

EMB Brussels Belgium D

European Milk Forum

EMF 2011 Dublin Ireland F f

European Network for Comparative Analysis on Food and Eating

enCAFE Toulouse France J

European Network for Qualitative Inquiry

ENQI 2017 Leuven Belgium F

European Network of Agricultural Journalists

ENAJ 2011 Brussels Belgium F y

European Network of Agricultural Social Protection Systems

ENASP Kassel Germany F

European Network of Engineering for Agriculture and Environment

ENGAGE 1988 Brussels Belgium F

European Network of GMO Laboratories

ENGL 2002 Ispra Italy F

European Network of International Relations Officers at Higher Education Institutions for Agricultural and Related Sciences

IROICA 1997 Ghent Belgium F

European Network of Political Foundations

ENoP 2006 Brussels Belgium F

European Network of Women's Organisations in Fisheries and Aquaculture


European Nursery Products Confederation

ENPC 2011 Brussels Belgium D t

European Nutraceutical Association

ENA Parma Italy D

European Nutrition for Health Alliance, The

ENHA Croydon UK D y

European Observatory of Mountain Forests

EOMF Chambéry France F

European One Health Association

EOHA 2009 Maisons-Alfort France D

European Organization of Agricultural and Rural Contractors

1961 Brussels Belgium E

European Plant Science Organisation

EPSO 2000 Brussels Belgium D y

European Plant-Based Foods Association

ENSA 2003 Brussels Belgium D t

European Rural Development Network

ERDN 2002 F

European Seed Certification Agencies Association

ESCAA Paris France D

European Simmental Federation

ESF 1961 Poing Germany E

European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics

EurSafe 2000 Wageningen Netherlands D