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Eliminating hunger and undernutrition in 10 years is a huge task, but it can be accomplished. Brazil, China, Thailand, Peru, and Vietnam have each dramatically reduced hunger and undernutrition in a relatively short time. Learning from their experiences, further empowering women, and leveraging strong international and national commitments to end hunger and undernutrition make it possible to accelerate progress even further.
Note that achieving the goal may still leave about 5-8 percent of the population suffering from hunger and undernutrition, as these are levels comparable to those seen in a number of developed countries.
The 2025 target relates to many of the SDGs because ending hunger and undernutrition are stepping stones to ending extreme poverty—the central theme of the SDGs.
A number of key stakeholders and initiatives have adopted 2025 as the year by which hunger and undernutrition are eliminated, including the African Union in the Malabo Declaration and the FAO through the Decade of Action on Nutrition—a decade that began in 2015 after the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2).
Indeed, food security and nutrition are distinct concepts that require multisectoral solutions. Compact2025 will take broad, pragmatic approaches that involve non-food policies and actors. For example, it will promote social protection-led strategies, women’s empowerment, and nutrition-sensitive sectors such as water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). Compact2025 will also look to ICTs and social marketing in its efforts to find and disseminate innovative solutions across all of the above areas.
Being a member of Compact2025 signals buy-in for stakeholders across multiple sectors to work together at the country level to end hunger and undernutrition by 2025.
Compact2025 will support focal countries in further developing their country-led plans, irrespective of their membership in SUN or other initiatives. Compact2025 will work to support existing plans, including those developed or informed by SUN members.
The main work of Compact2025 will be to support country-led efforts, which requires strong partnerships with in-country collaborators. Initial work will begin in select focal countries where hunger and undernutrition are concentrated and where national leaders are committed to the goal, and will expand to other countries based on these criteria.
Yes, the Technical Advisory Committee will also include development practitioners to draw upon recent advances in program implementation and offer operational advice.
There is overlap between the Compact2025 Leadership Council and the SUN’s Lead Group. Such overlap can promote mutual learning between the two groups and help support greater complementarities.