Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2: Which Policies for Trade and Markets?

Date period
17 July 2018

In September 2015, governments at the United Nations took a major step towards defining a common framework for future action, when they adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the new Agenda 2030. Among other things, this included a commitment under SDG 2 to end hunger and all forms of malnutrition by 2030. Better-functioning markets for food and agriculture are integral to this bold new vision: governments agreed, for example, to “correct and prevent trade restrictions and distortions in world agricultural markets” as one of the measures they would take to help achieve this goal. The short papers in this compilation examine the linkages between SDG 2 and policies affecting trade and markets.


Overview by Jonathan Hepburn and Christophe Bellmann

SDG 2.1 and SDG 2.2: Why Open, Transparent, and Equitable Trade Is Essential to Ending Hunger and Malnutrition Sustainably by Shenggen Fan, Eugenio Díaz-Bonilla, Emily EunYoung Cho, and Christopher Rue

SDG 2.3: How Policies Affecting Trade and Markets Can Help Raise Food Producers’ Incomes and Productivity by Raul Montemayor

SDG 2.4: Can Policies Affecting Trade and Markets Help End Hunger and Malnutrition within Planetary Boundaries? by Céline Charveriat

SDG 2.5: How Policies Affecting Trade and Markets Can Help Maintain Genetic Diversity by Graham Dutfield