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2. Zero hunger

Zero Hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

As of 10 March 2021

Times Higher Education (THE), Vertigo Ventures and Elsevier collaborated on search queries representing the research in the first 16 SDGs. These search queries are what THE uses to score the research component of each SDG Impact Rank. Full details of the methodology for each SDG search query are available on Mendeley.

You can see research highlights from SDG 2: Zero hunger below. We gathered these from the Elsevier products Scopus or SciVal. Unless otherwise noted, we use a timeframe of 2015-2020.

SDG 2 Word cloud

Top 50 Key phrases in the SDG 2 related research. The larger the word, the higher frequency of occurrence. Green indicates increasing in occurrence, and blue indicates decreasing. Source: SciVal


Top 5 research funders 1Top research funders

  1. National Natural Science Foundation of China China flag
  2. National Basic Research Program of China (Program 973) China flag
  3. National Science Foundation USA flag
  4. National Council for Scientific and Technological Development Brazil flag
  5. CAPES Brazil flag

1 The top 5 funders of the SDG 2 related research from Scopus for the years 2015-present.

Top 5 Global Corporations 2Top global corporations

  1. Syngenta UK flag
  2. Bayer AG Germany flag
  3. AGROSAVIA - Colombian Research Corporation Colombia flag
  4. Monsanto Company USA flag
  5. Abbott Laboratories USA flag

2 The corporations with the most SDG 2 research according to SciVal.

UN Designated SDG 2 Academic Hub

University of Pretoria South Africa South Africa flag

University of Pretoria UP logoThe University of Pretoria (UP) is one of five research-intensive universities in South Africa with more than 48,000 enrolled students. The university hosts many SDG 2-related Institutes and Centers and collaborates widely with South African, African and international institutions.

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Top research institutions per continent 3Top research institutions

  1. Africa - University of KwaZulu-Natal South Africa flag
  2. Asia Pacific - China Agricultural University China flag
  3. Europe - Wageningen University & Research The Netherlands flag
  4. Middle East - Islamic Azad University Iran flag
  5. North America - University of Florida USA flag
  6. South America - Universidade de São Paulo Brazil flag

3 The institution with the most SDG 2 research in each continent according to SciVal

Top 3 most prolific authors 4

Top 3 Topics 5

TopicDocument count
1. Soil Organic Carbon; Soil Aggregates; Carbon Sinks58
2. Nitrous Oxide Production; Nitrification Inhibitors; Soil Emission9
3. Crop Models; CERES (Experiment); Climate Change Impact7

Most recent article related to this SDG:

When does nutrient management sequester more carbon in soils and produce high and stable grain yields in China?

Waqas, M. A., Li, Y., Lal, R., Wang, X., Shi, S., Zhu, Y., . . . Liu, S. (2020). When does nutrient management sequester more carbon in soils and produce high and stable grain yields in china? Land Degradation and Development, 31(15), 1926-1941. DOI: 10.1002/ldr.3567

Top 3 Topics 5

TopicDocument count
1. Sweetpotato; Ipomoea Batatas; Sweet Potato Feathery Mottle Virus17
2. Biplot; Main Effect; Ammi8
3. Eragrostis Tef; Glutens; Digitaria Exilis8

Most recent article related to this SDG:

Assessing the genetic diversity of cowpea [Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.] germplasm collections using phenotypic traits and SNP markers open access

Nkhoma, N., Shimelis, H., Laing, M. D., Shayanowako, A., & Mathew, I. (2020). Assessing the genetic diversity of cowpea [vigna unguiculata (L.) walp.] germplasm collections using phenotypic traits and SNP markers. BMC Genetics, 21(1) DOI: 10.1186/s12863-020-00914-7

Top 3 Topics 5

TopicDocument count
1. Anthocoridae; Podisus Nigrispinus; Orius22
2. Eulophidae; Trichospilus; Tetrastichus17
3. Leptocybe Invasa; Thaumastocoridae; Peregrinus10

Most recent article related to this SDG:

Reproductive Potential and Biological Characteristics of the Parasitoid Cotesia flavipes (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) in Diatraea saccharalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) Depending on Parasitoid-Host Ratio
open access

Kassab, S. O., Barbosa, M. S., Pereira, F. F., Rossoni, C., Pastori, P. L., Lucchetta, J. T., . . . Zanuncio, J. C. (2020). Reproductive potential and biological characteristics of the parasitoid cotesia flavipes (hymenoptera: Braconidae) in diatraea saccharalis (lepidoptera: Crambidae) depending on parasitoid-host ratio. Florida Entomologist, 103(3), 316-320. DOI: 10.1653 / 024.103.030

4 The top 3 authors with the most SDG 2 research according to SciVal.

5 A Topic is a collection of documents with a common focused intellectual interest. Scopus publications are clustered into Topics based upon a direct citation analysis. Learn more.


THE Impact Rankings Methodology: SDG 2

The methodology THE uses to determine the rank for this SDG is shown here.

The 27% Research portion breaks down into:

  • Proportion of research papers in the top 10 per cent of journals as defined by Citescore 10,0%
  • Field-weighted citation impact of papers 10,0%
  • Number of publications 7,0%

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