Food insecurity is one of the key sustainable development issues worldwide, affecting both developed and developing countries, and, increasingly, impoverished urban populations. French development aid NGOs specializing in rural development and food security have worked together with food banks in France over several years to develop a Barometer of Hunger, demonstrating the importance of fostering dialogue and sharing expertise between developed and developing countries. It is precisely this belief in the mobilization of stakeholders across the North/South divide that underpins the political agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As David Nabarro, UN Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development says: “we are all developing countries”. Consequently, with a view to marking the commitment of these different actors of civil society towards this process of global collective learning, the Barometer of Hunger (Baromètre de la faim) will become the Barometer of Sustainable Solutions (Baromètre des solutions durables) starting this year.

IDDRI is collaborating with the Barometer of Sustainable Solutions to underline the importance of strong mobilization by the civil society in holding governments accountable to their commitments and turning the SDGs into real drivers of change in the fight against food insecurity. For this process of collective learning to work, IDDRI, as a think tank, also stresses the importance of rigorous assessments of the successes and failures of policies implemented towards achieving the SDGs, of which policies to combat food poverty are an example.

2 IDDRI articles written by Sébastien Treyer in the Baromètre des solutions durables 2016:

  • “The Sustainable Development Goals are also applicable to France”
  • • “Inequalities and food security in Brazil: drawing lessons from a national policy model”
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