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Think Change episode 34: is our food system really broken?

Written by Sara Pantuliano, Luka Biong Deng Kuol, Stella Nordhagen, Valerie Guarnieri, Steve Wiggins


The Global Food Security Summit is about to get under way, where political leaders and experts will come together to discuss how to make urgent progress on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2: to achieve zero hunger and end all forms of malnutrition by 2030.

Around 345 million people experience acute food insecurity according to the World Food Programme – an increase of 200 million compared to pre-pandemic levels. And the UN has warned we are not on track to achieve this global goal.

So how did we get here? And do these alarming numbers mask longer-term progress towards achieving SDG 2?

This episode paints a full picture of global hunger and malnutrition today. We ask whether the food system is really broken, and how the humanitarian system can better respond to food crises around the world. Our guests also share their hopes for what can be achieved at the upcoming Summit.


  • Sara Pantuliano (host), Chief Executive, ODI
  • Valerie Guarnieri, Deputy Executive Director, Programme and Policy Development, World Food Programme
  • Dr Stella Nordhagen, Senior Technical Specialist, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
  • Dr Luka Biong Deng Kuol, Adjunct professor at Institute of Peace, Development and Security Studies, University of Juba, South Sudan
  • Steve Wiggins, Principal Research Fellow, ODI