Objective 2 : End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
The year 2016 inaugurates the official launch of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This programme, adopted by the political leaders of the world, is composed of 17 goals for sustainable development to be reached within the next 15 years.
In the perspective of a better consideration of food security, the F4F programme brings a significant contribution to support resolving the challenges that could not be solved during the previous period and relies on mobilizing the private sector in stimulating the economic growth of the Least Advanced Countries (LDCs). Based on the funding of small and medium sized infrastructure projects, F4F contributes to the development of local economies.
It should be reminded that 42% of the world population lives off agriculture. This percentage can reach 60% to 70% in the poorest countries. 56% of malnourished people are farmers which represent 477 million people today. In these conditions, the challenges are of multiple levels: the reduction of arable land (cropland), progressive disappearance of the forest cover, diminishment of the average size of farms, etc.
Beyond the funding of local development and the development of public-private partnerships that can stimulate the potential of each territory where it operates, F4F ambitions to connect a diversity of networks and actors contributing to the enhancement of food and nutritional security, thus favouring territorial integration.
Main lessons learned and improvements to provide in order to reach the Sustainable Development Goals
The portfolio of the actions promoted in the programme is multi-dimensional and must take into account the complexity of poverty.
It must include:
- The implementation of infrastructure and collective equipment of socio-communitarian and business dimensions;
- The management of natural resources and the protection of the environment;
- The strengthening of local governance, management focused on results;
- Participative approach and gender approach;
- The articulation of all the levels of territorial structuring of the municipality;
- The consideration of all economic and socio-cultural sectors which have an influence on the improvement of food and nutritional security;
- The mobilization, strengthening and valuing of local competences.
The F4F programme strengthens the local project management while also reinforcing base groups. Investments cannot be conceived without:
- The multi-annual planning;
- The annual programming;
- Making local authorities accountable;
- The local development fund and the financial contribution of the municipality.