Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2) “end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture” must be given priority for a country to achieve its overall sustainable development objectives. SDG2 is intrinsically linked to all 17 SDG goals, globally adopted in 2015 by countries now in the process of nationalizing them. The President of Sri Lanka has declared 2017 as the Year of Alleviating Poverty, in line with SDG1.
While Sri Lanka made significant progress over the past 15 years during the Millennium Development Goal era, substantial challenges still exist. They will require both innovation and synchronized efforts from the government, development partners and other stakeholders to address and achieve the SDGs.
The National Strategic Review on Food and Nutrition - Towards Zero Hunger was launched in September 2016 to accelerate the pace towards attaining SDG2 by 2030 in Sri Lanka. The Strategic Review was envisaged to make an expansive and inclusive study of the overall food security and nutrition situation in the country and identify key challenges to achieving Zero Hunger, including, gaps in policies and the national response; resources and institutional capacity. Following the study, recommendations were proposed for achieving SDG2 targets through integrated approaches across the economic, social and environment sectors.
The National Strategic Review was designed as an analytical, inclusive and multi-stakeholder consultative exercise to provide a comprehensive and detailed understanding of the existing food and nutrition context and challenges in Sri Lanka. The Strategic Review adds to the government’s initiative to nationalize the SDGs and the programmes already underway, such as the Public Investment Programme (2017-2020), development of the four year Multi-Sector Action Plan for Nutrition (MSAPN 2017-2020), and the Food Production National Programme 2016-2018.