This article is published in and is part of our Vol 1. Issue 4 Journal with a special focus on Food Security
In 2015, governments approved the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a 15-year plan of action for people, planet and prosperity addressing issues such as poverty, hunger and child mortality reduction; combating major endemic diseases, preserve the environment and set up a partnership for development among others. The emphasis together with eradicating poverty and hunger was also on achieving universal social protection and ‘fundamental changes in the way that our societies produce and consume goods and services’ (para 28) suggesting that business-as-usual is no longer an option. Approaches centered on trickle-down economics, jobless growth, corporate-led green economy, fragmented social, economic and environmental policies and targeting the poor through social assistance programs are inadequate if the ‘transformational vision’ of the agenda is to be realised.