The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 2:
End Hunger and Promote Sustainable Agriculture
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) consist of 17 key commitments that strive to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all by 2030.
Yann Arthus-Bertrand has chosen this photo to represent the challenges of meeting the U.N. SDG 2.
Yann Arthus Bertrand - Storing white corn, near the border of the MassaÏ Mara Natural Reserve, Kenya (1°30’ S – 35°10’ E)
World-renown for its landscapes and wild animals, the Masaï Mara National Reserve, contiguous to the Serengeti Reserve in Tanzania, makes up one of the world’s largest protected spaces (25,000 km2). White corn is one of the food staples in Africa, preferred over yellow corn, usually reserved for animal feed. White corn represents almost a quarter of all agricultural production in Africa and plays an important role in food security in countries hit famine.
According to the United Nations:
- Agriculture is the largest source of employment in the world providing jobs to 40% of the population.
- However, one in every nine people remain undernourished.
BNP Paribas fully contributes to achieving all 17 SDGs through a large range of actions and initiatives.
Our commitment to achieving SDG 1:
To help reduce world hunger and support sustainable agriculture, BNP Paribas provides financing to the agricultural sector, develops investment products and supports external partners. Agriculture is a key sector of the economy, whose importance is expected to rise over the coming decades as the world’s population grows and food needs grow with it.
In 2017, the Rescue & Recover Fund, together with its NGO partners, provided assistance to more than 280,000 people who were victims of malnutrition in Cameroon, Mali and Niger. Its donation enabled for example the creation of 15 community health centres, medical and nutritional care to young children, and the rehabilitation of facilities providing access to water.