Explore agriculture’s connection to many of the 17 SDGs here:
Rural people represent the largest segment of the world’s extreme poor by far – more than 70% of the total. Growth in agriculture is at least twice as effective in reducing poverty than from any other sector.
Agricultural extension enables farmers to access to the skills, tools, inputs and knowledge they need to thrive.
Women farmers produce 20-30% less than their male counterparts, mostly due to differences in their access and use of resources. Women produce over half the food worldwide, so bridging this gap could reduce global hunger by as much as 17%
By 2030, global water demand will increase more than 50%, with agriculture alone requiring more than what can be sustained to feed the world even before domestic and industrial needs are met.
By 2030, energy demand is expected to increase as much as 50%, driven mostly by developing world demand. More crops are likely to be diverted for use as biofuels, doubling or even tripling as a proportion of total use.
Agriculture is an engine of pro-poor economic growth in rural areas. Entrepreneurship across the rural and food sectors can generate employment and growth.
Average per capita consumption is expected to grow through 2030, despite population increases. At the same time, around one third of food produced is wasted.
By 2030, agriculture’s carbon mitigation potential could reach as much as 7.5% of total global emissions, depending on the price of carbon and adoption of agricultural productivity measures.
Improving the efficiency of farmland can help meet the world’s growing consumption demand while minimising the loss of natural habitats and forests for additional cultivation.