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 2019, there are over 820 million people who suffer hunger in the world, 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 over 4 million Australians did not have reliable access to food in 2019. 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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UNSW are a research partner of the Future Food Systems Cooperative Research Centre.

The Future Food Systems Cooperative Research 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 hands-on practical classes and opportunities for food related research.

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12,520 meals in 2020

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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.

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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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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 Plan

UNSW has a history of environmental stewardship across research, learning & teaching and campus operations across several decades. The Environmental Sustainability Plan (ESP) will build on past achievements, while raising our ambition levels to meet the environmental challenges of today.

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