Goal #2

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

SDG 2 Zero Hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

UNSW is committed to this goal and demonstrates its commitment through:

  • Research driving innovation in food production
  • Education that is training a new generation of agrifood industry professionals
  • Supporting UNSW students experiencing food insecurity
  • External leadership working together on projects worldwide to improve food and income security

Why is achieving zero hunger so important?

As of 2021, there are between 702 and 828 million people in the world facing hunger, according to the Food and Agricultural Organisation. Hunger originates from inaccessibility to clean, safe and nutritious food all year round, leading to food insecurity. This situation is dependent on geography and economics and disproportionately affects the vulnerable. However, hunger is not just limited to countries which lack economic resources. It’s estimated that 3.6 million Australians (15%) experienced food insecurity at least once in 2021. Poverty is at the core of all hunger (Goal #1) and the problem of hunger is likely to increase in future due to climate change and population growth.

In this video, A/Prof Jayashree Arcot, Prof Johannes Le Coutre and Dr Sophia Lin break down some of the key challenges behind SDG #2.

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The UNSW Institute for Global Development and its collaborators lead projects to improve food and income security, creating livelihood options and build technical and farming capacity for local farmers.


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UNSW is a research partner of the Future Food Systems Cooperative Research Centre.

The Centre is committed to bringing Australia into a new era of high technology food production, transforming one of our most important industries and reinforcing our place as a major world food producer.


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UNSW Urban Growers

Seedlings growing in a small pot

A cross-faculty working group of staff and students dedicated to creating food growing space on campus for local food production, hands-on practical classes, restorative community action and opportunities for food related research. Food growing is incorporated into a range of courses at UNSW including urban agriculture, intellectual property, food security, art and design, environmental humanities, biology, ecology and public health nutrition.

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12,520+ meals provided

People helping at the Food Hub

1 in 4 university students are forced to skip meals due to financial hardship, so Arc launched the Food Hub to provide groceries to UNSW students experiencing food insecurity. The Food Hub provides 150 hampers every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, as well as a 24-hour food pantry where students can access food out of hours.      

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UNSW Chemical Engineering Food and Health Cluster

The Food and Health Cluster is committed to driving innovation in the interconnected research areas of health, food process engineering and sustainability and leading researchers are delivering real-world impact in Food Science, Nutrition and Engineering. 



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Improving technologies for inland aquaculture in Papua New Guinea  

The improving technologies for aquaculture in Papua New Guinea project, led by UNSW Associate Professor Jes Sammut, ran from May 2015 to May 2021. A/Prof Sammut has worked in the Asia-Pacific Region for over 25 years with a focus on improving aquaculture to increase fish, shrimp and lobster production. 


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The Financial Inclusion Plan (FIAP)

Aims to increase the awareness of new and existing support services available to students including financial hardship support and assistance. The FIAP focuses on areas including: providing products and services that provide financial education, support to all students and assistance to those facing financial hardship. 


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UNSW Environmental Sustainability Report

UNSW has a history of environmental stewardship across research, learning & teaching and campus operations across several decades. The Environmental Sustainability Report 2021 measures and outlines our achievements to date.

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UNSW Sustainable Development Goals 2020-2021 Report

This report outlines UNSW's performance against the SDGs over the years 2020-2021.


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