How much will it cost to end hunger?

By Tim Sulser —

As part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), world leaders have committed to ending hunger by 2030. Yet despite unprecedented progress made in recent decades, the world is not on track to reach the goal. Current levels of spending to end hunger are inadequate.

Global Futures and Strategic Foresight researchers working with IFPRI’s IMPACT model joined with other IFPRI colleagues to produce a joint issue brief examining the different assessments of the cost of ending hunger and undernutrition in the world by 2030.  Estimates range from US$7 billion to US$265 billion of increased investments necessary per year.  The different estimates arise from the varied target objectives of each approach, different investment strategies considered, and the diversity in modeling frameworks.  Each approach has its strengths and caveats.

This peer-reviewed publication is available at

Shenggen Fan, IFPRI's Director General, has also posted a short synopsis on the IFPRI blog.