Ending Hunger: What would it cost?

Ever wondered how much it would cost to end hunger? Join us at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome to find out more!

October 20, 2016 8:00 pm

Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, Rome, Italy

Ever wondered how much it would cost to end hunger?

When world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals last year, we asked ourselves that question. The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) have joined forces to estimate the cost of ending hunger by 2030, and the contribution that donors would need to make.

The model we use breaks new ground. For the first time ever, we combined a macro-economic model with household data gathered from the World Bank and national surveys. This means that our thinking is based on smarter, well-targeted, bottom-up interventions to solve the core problem of hunger.

The results show how much extra public spending is needed to end hunger by 2030. Surprisingly, the costs are achievable and affordable. Importantly, we believe this is a collective effort, so there is a shared responsibility for financing the costs. Donors and countries need to increase their contributions. The outcome is a refreshing mix of innovation, efficient spending and targeted investment.

Join us at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, on Friday, October 21, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (CEST) to find out more!

Interpretation into French and Spanish. Refreshments will be provided.

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  • H.E. Njama Nango Dembélé, Minister for Livestock and Fisheries, Mali
  • Laura Frigenti, Director, Italian Agency for Development and Cooperation
  • Neil Watkins, Deputy Director, Agriculture and Nutrition Advocacy and Communications, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • David Laborde Debucquet, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI


  • Carin Smaller, Advisor on Agriculture and Investment, IISD

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