Goal 2: Zero Hunger

Goal 2 aims to end hunger and all forms of malnutrition by 2030. It also commits to universal access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food at all times of the year. This will require sustainable food production systems and resilient agricultural practices, equal access to land, technology and markets and international cooperation on investments in infrastructure and technology to boost agricultural productivity, the UN write on their website.

Examples on research from UCPH addressing goal 2: 

Research to treat acute malnutrition

Researchers from University of Copenhagen and humanitarian organizations have conducted a large study in Burkina Faso in West Africa treating more than 1600 children with acute malnutrition.

The study, published in the medical journal PLOS Medicine, showed that corn-soy porridge should be replaced with a lipid-based nutrient supplement (LNS), a fortified peanut butter. The results of the study can be used directly both in the treatment and prevention of acute malnutrition.

Mothers to children with acute malnutrition often do not have much milk for the child. Credit: Christian Fabiansen

Credit: Christian Fabiansen.

Read about Treatfood results here.

Primary Sustainable Development Goals: 2

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Fermentation creates sustainable growth in the West African food sector

In West Africa, spontaneously fermented foods are deeply embedded in the food culture and the population has a great deal of knowledge about how these foods should be produced. This knowledge has been handed down over generations, but has also been challenged due to the import of ready-made food. The Department of Food Science at the University of Copenhagen is leading the Danida project GreenGrowth, which has the aim to isolate and catalogue the microbial cultures used for the fermentations and build biobanks to safeguard this microbiological heritage so it can be used to upgrade the West African food sector.

Activities in the project:
1. Establishing biobanks
2. Development of multi-functional starter cultures for upgrading of the food sector 3. Development of convenience food based on traditional foods
4. Introduction of new procedures for sustainable packaging and quality assurance
5. Creation of new market opportunities by scaling up from household production to semi-industrial scale
6. Development of business models across the entire value chain

Woman working with fermentation of beer in Burkina Faso.

Read more about GreenGrowth on the project website here.

Primary Sustainable Development Goals: 2, 4 and 8

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GREEiNSECT

GREEiNSECT is a research consortium working on insects for food and feed in Kenya, supporting capacity building and producing scientific evidence through PhD studies in the fields of insect production, food product development, environmental and livelihood assessments.

Effect on hunger, according to GREEiNSECT's handout on Insectproduction and SDGs:

  • The consumption of insects can address undernutrition by providing vital micronutrients, like zinc and iron, and animal-source protein.

  • Small-scale insect production can potentially increase household food security by providing access to nutritious ingredients.

Credit: Afton Halloran

Read more about GREEiNSECT here. And see TEDx-video on GREEiNSECT here.

Primary Sustainable Development Goals: 2, 5, 17

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Rights and Resilience in Kenya (RARE)

The development objective of the RARE project is to ensure secure and peaceful access to land for climate change adaptation and thereby the resilience of all Kenyan citizens.

The project aims to produce and disseminate insights and increase capacities that can help policy makers and practitioners in their attempts to (1) improve land use policies and land use planning, (2) prevent conflicting land claims from erupting into violence, (3) manage land rights in support of pastoralists and other land users’ adaptation and (4) identify and apply innovative approaches to land rights for adaptation.

Read more about RARE on the project website here. 

Watch Danida's video-explainer about the project here

Primary Sustainable Development Goals: 1, 2, 4, 13 and 17

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Researchers help Africa create export of camel milk

A group of researchers from DTU and University of Copenhagen collaborate with researcher from Haramaya University in Ethiopia to create basis for manufacturing dairy products based on camel milk. They project may have great influence on jobs and growth in the region because Sudan, Kenya and Somalia are rich in numbers of camels. 

The researchers investigate which requirements are necessary to develop products and establish the needed capacity on Haramaya University so the university becomes able to support infrastructure and development of new dairy products.

Primary Sustainable Development Goals: 1,2,4,8,9 and 17

Read a full describtion of the Haramaya Camel Dairy project here.

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