At the World Food Bank, we are strong supporters of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. In particular, WFB focuses specifically on several SDGs, where our work and programs will positively impact progress toward these goals. Those goals include:
#1 – No Poverty – Over the next five years, we expect to increase the incomes of the farmers that we work with by close to 70 percent, not only lifting them out of poverty, but putting them squarely in the middle class.
#2 – Zero Hunger – Through our mission to revolutionize global food systems, we will increase food production, increase access to financial markets for farmers, stabilize volatile food markets across the globe, and create strategic resources of dried foods that can be accessed in times of need during famine, crisis or disaster.
#3 – Good Health and Well-Being – We want to see people thrive, period. By increasing access to nutrition and cultivating better incomes for farmers, we can help empower people to live their best and most healthy lives.
#5 – Gender Equality – At our largest farmsite in Uganda, we are hiring 4 women to every 1 man. Helping women achieve an equal playing field to men in the countries where we work is one of our chief aims, and we know that we can contribute to this by helping women cultivate more economic autonomy.
#8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth – One of our main goals is to increase incomes through honest labor for farmers. Over the next five years, we plan to exponentially grow the farmers in our direct network to 150,000, creating jobs and boosting local economies.
#13 – Climate Action – Cultivating better agricultural systems is an environmental issue. At our farm sites, we work with farmers to mitigate issues related to climate change and develop holistic farming systems that support a healthy climate.
#15 – Life on Land – By cultivating healthy food systems and healthy soils, we are directly working to protect and restore land ecosystems, reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss.
#17 – Partnerships for the Goals – We know that the challenges we are working to solve are immense, and that success will only be achieved through a commitment to partnership and cooperation across sectors. We are working with partners in governments, NGOs, and the private sector to develop better policies, develop collaborative financing methods, and enable the implementation of solutions at a global scale.