How can we make sure that today’s children become healthy eating adults by 2030, no matter where they live? That’s the aim of the UN’s second sustainable development goal (SDG2.) It is also the subject of our new food report, Balanced diets, balanced world.

Malnutrition affects every country around the world. A shocking 795 million people are undernourished and almost two billion are overweight – both are types of malnutrition. Around two billion people are not getting the right nutrients like Vitamin A and iron.

The world produces more than enough food to feed itself. But, it is sadly often of poor nutrition or farmed in an unsustainable way. It is also not distributed fairly as markets tend to favour the developed world. Also, within many African families the men eat more protein-rich meat than the women.

The report features data from Send a Cow projects, showing how smallholder farmers in Africa are overcoming gender, environmental and economic issues. This is helping them feed their families safe, sufficient and nutritious diets.

Send a Cow’s Director of Research and Impact Richie Alford says:

We believe that it is possible to end global hunger and malnutrition by 2030 – if we take the right action now.

We believe the principles underlying Send a Cow’s work in Africa might apply elsewhere – including among communities where an overabundance of cheap food has already led to an obesity crisis, such as the UK

We hope that this report, and the successes of the farmers in Send a Cow projects, will stimulate debate and inspire others.

You can read the full report here