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Agriculture, Farming and Food Security & Peaceful Communities

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International IDEA, Yale Divinity, Grace Initiative Global




Agriculture, Farming and Food Security

Peaceful and Inclusive Communities

UN Headquarters: Conference Room 8 

3 October 2019 - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm 

In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development[1]the international community set out to transform our world by tackling multiple challenges through holistic and synergistic mechanisms to ensure well‐being, economic prosperity, and environmental protection. Agriculture and sustainable farming represents an integral component for the global community to realize the 2030 Agenda’s interrelated transformational goals. 

In the Secretary-General’s report on Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition noted that most of the world’s 570 million farms are small and family-run; with family farms cultivating about 75% of the world’s agricultural land.[2] Also, the  UN Decade of Family Farming (2019–2028) calls for Governments to develop public policies and investments to support family farming from a holistic perspective, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and “To Leave No One Behind.” 

 In addition to SDGs relating inter alia to: hunger, use of land, soil, forests; water; gender; and, climate, agriculture and food security is linked to the bring about sustainable peace.[3] Inclusive security of food and food system requires transparent mechanisms, through governance and regulatory frameworks supported by inclusive civic participatory policymaking. Therefore, agriculture and food security also relates to the advancement of peaceful and inclusive societies, SDG 16+.

 Our focus on agriculture, farming and food security takes into consideration other resolutions, including: “The Future We Want” declared at UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio, 2012; the UN Decade for Biodiversity 2011-2020; the UN Decade of Nutrition 2016-2025; the UN Decade for Restoration of the Eco-system 2021-2030.  Further,  it contributes to the essential mitigation of climate change.

[1]UN.  Sustainable Development Goals, Accessed at

[2]UN. Secretary General Report on Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition, A/74/237 (July 2019). Accessed at

[3]FAO. Peace and Food Security, Technical Report. Accessed at: