Zero Hunger Private Sector Pledge


As of December, 10, 2021, 43 companies have pledged a promising USD 391 million in 47 countries as part of the Zero Hunger Private Sector Pledge.

The Zero Hunger Private Sector Pledge is an opportunity for companies and investment funds to align their investments with new evidence and commitments by donors, governments, and global institutions to end hunger and nourish the future by 2030.

What are we asking companies to do?

The pledge encourages companies to make an investment in at least one of the 10 high-impact intervention areas from the Ceres2030 evidence and in at least one of the priority countries or regions. The company has to name the partners it will work with to achieve the action.

The pledge requires companies to comply with host state laws and regulations, and commit to internationally accepted principles, including but not limited to:

  • the Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS-RAI)
  • the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes
  • the Principles of the UN Global Compact
  • the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights

Why are we asking companies to pledge?

One in every 10 people goes to bed hungry. And most of these people live in Africa and South Asia. Last year, COVID-19 wiped out 15 years of progress in reducing hunger globally. In July 2021, the United Nations announced that 118 million more people were affected by hunger in 2020, taking the number of people with no access to food up to 768 million. 

If we cannot deliver on ending hunger and malnutrition, then we have not transformed food systems. This is the litmus test.

A specific set of investments - described by new evidence from Ceres2030, Program of Accompanying Research for Agricultural Innovation (PARI) 2020, and the State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI) 2021 are needed to end hunger. These reports show that donors must double current public spending. Governments have to juggle multiple priorities due to the pandemic and the associated economic downturn. This is why large companies can and should step in to increase efforts toward achieving zero hunger by 2030. Transforming food systems to end hunger and malnutrition, ensure safe and nutritious food for all, support sustainable consumption shifts, reduce carbon emissions, generate decent and dignified livelihoods, and build resilience to future shocks requires more and better private sector investments.

Whose idea was the pledge?

The Zero Hunger, Private Sector Pledge is a game-changing solution that emerged from the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) Action Track 1. The implementing organizations are a coalition of international organizations and partners, namely: including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Grow Africa, Grow Asia, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the World Benchmarking Alliance, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Food Programme

To date, we have mobilized several supporting companies and organized a parallel session during the UNFSS pre-Summit in July, which laid the groundwork for a high-level pledging moment from companies at the Summit in September.

The signing of this pledge does not constitute an endorsement by the project partners and organizations of the company or its activities. The implementing partners and organizations of this pledge are not directly affiliated with the companies through the signing of this pledge. The implementing partners and organizations of this pledge reserve the right to revoke or suspend the pledge if the company fails to comply with the governing principles of the pledge. 

If you are a company and you would like to be part of the official launch on 21 September 2021 please fill in your pledge by midnight CET on Sunday 19 September 2021. Companies can pledge at any time and can pledge multiple times. This initiative will end on 31 December 2030.

#Company NameTotal Commitment (USD)*Countries and/or Regions
1AFCO Investment Co. Ltd34,480 Tanzania
2AGREA Agricultural Systems International, Inc.1,040,208Philippines
3Agrinutrition EnterprisetbcKenya
4Airstrip Blessing Youth GrouptbcKenya
5Ajinomoto Co., Inc.11,261,698Global, Africa, Thailand
6Arla Foods Ingredients Group P/S254,270Ethiopia
7BASF11,345,251Multiple countries, such as Ethiopia, Egypt and Nigeria
8Cato Foods and Agroallied Global Concepts1,063,617Nigeria
9ColdHubs5,000,000Nigeria
10Delish and Nutri Ltd180,220Kenya
11DULCET Enterprise7,000Cameroon
12Emeci Technologies Ltd43,100Tanzania
13Happi Foods Farms Limited1,000Kenya
14Homes Industries LtdtbcMalawi
15JBS9,565,050Brazil
16Kamsa Poultry Ltd90Kenya
17Keelings2,762,146Morocco
18Kinshaga Food Products and Companies Limited25,000Tanzania
19Mamaland Mushroom Farms25,000Tanzania
20Morination Agricultural Products1,820,000Philippines
21Mycelia & Foods Ltd451Kenya
22Mzuzu Dairy Ltd13,431Malawi
23Nasinya Dairy Ltd419,794Tanzania
24NGO 350 Côte d'Ivoire9,010Cote d'Ivoire
25NutriCare 83,580Malawi
26Nutriset1,879,057Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guinea, Haiti, India,
Madagascar, Nigeria, Sudan
27Nutritious Agriculture Network and Consultancy
Limited
1,000Kenya
28Nyangorora Banana Processors Limited9,011Kenya
29PepsiCo100,000,000Africa, Asia, Latin America, South Africa
30Prosoya Kenya Limited1,299,977Kenya
31Rabobank96,749,863Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
32Renman AfricatbcKenya
33Rieta AgroSciences Tanzania Ltd23,705Tanzania
34Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition200,000Nigeria
35Sir Hackson Processors10,000Malawi
36Superior Mwitha541Kenya
37Unilever35,453,910Africa, Asia, Latin America
38United Multipurpose Cooperative Society LtdtbcKenya
39Upfield1,905,827Kenya
40Wefahson Limited1,000Kenya
41Multiple Companies**160,000,000Africa, Asia, Latin America, Brazil, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire,
DR Congo, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India,
Indonesia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Papua New
Guinea, Peru, Togo, Uganda
 Number of CompaniesTotal Commitments (USD)Number of Countries/Regions
 43391,386,16147

* The amounts pledged in the period 1 to 15 November 2021 have been converted in USD using the OANDA average rate for this period.

** Three companies have advised us of their commitment level and priority countries, but need more time before making the details public. Hence we have included this information in the overall total and will provide the additional details in the coming weeks.

Pledges can be sent to Carin Smaller, IISD csmaller@iisd.org. After the launch of the pledge, there will be a dedicated website and email address where companies can submit their pledges

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