IFPRI Research Day: Brookings’ Homi Kharas on overcoming obstacles to meeting the SDGs

BY KATARLAH TAYLOR, KATRINA KOSEC AND JESSICA HECKERT

It’s a troubled time for global food security, Homi Kharas of the Brookings Institution said in his keynote address at IFPRI’s annual staff research day Sept. 12. Progress on reaching many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is too slow, while some indicators, such as obesity, are worsening. In fact, Kharas said, many indicators on food and nutrition security are moving in opposite directions. Over the last decade, extreme poverty and stunting have declined, while undernourishment has remained stagnant, and the share of people who lack money to buy sufficient food has actually risen.

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