YEP Agrofood

Food in the world

Hunger and malnutrition remain huge challenges in many parts of the world. More than 820 million people in the world suffer from chronic hunger, while the world’s population is projected to grow to almost 10 billion by 2050. To meet food demand, agriculture will need to produce almost 50 percent more food than it did in 2012. The Netherlands has a renowned international reputation in the Agrofood sector, and acknowledges it has a responsibility in transferring knowledge and skills to low and middle income countries in view of sustainable growth and development.

After the success of YEP Water, YEP Agrofood was initiated in 2015 and contributes to this responsibility. Enthusiastic and passionate agrifood young professionals kick off their international careers and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially to SDG2, which aims at “zero hunger”. The food and agriculture sector is believed to offer key solutions for development, and is central to hunger and poverty eradication.

Achieving the SDGs by 2030 will require food systems that are inclusive, sustainable, efficient, nutritious and healthy. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has used the SDGs as guidance for the design of their policy and continues to focus on agriculture, and especially on Food and Nutrition Security (FNS). The three objectives, which were developed in 2014, are still relevant, and all YEP Agrofood positions are related to one or more of the following themes:

  • Eradicating existing hunger and malnutrition
  • Promoting inclusive and sustainable growth in the agricultural sector
  • Creating ecologically sustainable food systems

Together with our strategic partner Food and Business Knowledge Platform, YEP Programmes contributes to these themes. The Food & Business Knowledge Platform is the gateway to knowledge for food and nutrition security. It connects business, science, civil society and policy and shares, improves and generates new knowledge on food systems at a time when the world is facing multiple challenges. The Platform invites networks and organisations from local, regional and global levels to participate in the Platform.