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[Perspectives] Ending mass atrocity and ending famine

On Sept 29, 2015, world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly adopted Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2—“end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture ending world hunger by 2030”. Meeting this goal is likely to be a complex and difficult undertaking: conquering endemic hunger and malnutrition will demand a raft of international policy measures for agriculture, poverty reduction, and nutrition. But one dimension of hunger in human civilisations—eliminating epidemics of starvation, namely famines—looks very hopeful.