Ceres2030: Sustainable solutions to end hunger

The Ceres2030: Sustainable solutions to end hunger initiative aims to determine the costs and effective solutions for tackling the objectives laid out in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2: how to end hunger sustainably by the year 2030.

Ceres2030 is a partnership between Cornell University, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and the International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD).

The initiative combines economic modelling and evidence syntheses to generate up-to-date scientific evidence together with financial costs associated with SDG 2. This information informs donors and governments on how and where to target investments to end hunger.

There are eight teams working on different aspects of the initiative. We contribute to Team 6 led by Vincent Ricciardi, which aims to better understand which on-farm interventions can alleviate water scarcity to help to increase farmers’ yields, incomes, and productivity in water scarce regions.

To do this we systematically review existing literature to:

  • Identify the range of interventions that tackle water scarcity examined with respect to smallholders’ incomes, productivity.
  • Document the characteristics of the evidence, such as the experimental design, regions.
  • Examine if the available evidence also assessed SDG 2.3’s cross cutting themes of gender and environmental impacts.

These findings will enable donors and decision makers to understand the geographic and socio-political contexts under which on-farm interventions for tackling water scarcity have been tested, and whether they have also been assessed with respect to gender and environmental impacts. In addition, these results will help researchers identify interventions that may be suitable for an in-depth meta-analysis, systematic review, or costing exercises.

Contact Cécile Godde for more information.