SDG goals could deliver millions of jobs says study

Introducing sustainable business models across food and agriculture sectors in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) could generate 80 million jobs and deliver an annual $2.3 trillion windfall, according to a major new study released by the Business and Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC).

The research suggests that an annual investment of $320 billion in would create a sevenfold return by 2030.

It claims that tackling the 17 SDGs would unlock 14 major business opportunities for the food and agriculture sector, from micro-irrigation to new farming technology and urban agriculture ventures.

However, the researchers warn that the current capital base in 31 leading agriculture funds stands at less than 1.5 per cent of the annual investment needed to capture these growth opportunities.