The Director-General spoke at the High-Level Dialogue on the Establishment of the International Platform for Digital Food and Agriculture, an online event FAO hosted to discuss the digital world’s opportunities for agri-food systems with policy makers, farmers’ representatives, business managers and technology companies.
The FAO Food Price Index averaged 105.0 points during the month, up 3.9 percent from October and 6.5 percent higher than its value a year earlier.
Ensuring the free movement of food across the world and well-functioning markets has been a central pillar of the global response to COVID-19 pandemic but difficulties with access to food at national level still remain, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu said today at a high-level panel discussion.
Levels of hunger reach record levels, requiring urgent action
To catalyze ways of accelerating opportunities of increasing carbon sequestration, FAO hosted “Forests and soils: A new opportunity for the Planet”, an online seminar to explore possibilities of carbon markets developed by Costa Rica, a pioneer in the field, for Spanish companies.
The event "Transforming agri-food systems and fostering inclusive rural development in the context of COVID-19 to end rural poverty" was held virtually, on the side-lines of the UN General Assembly's Special Session in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The United Nations calls for the targeting of new policies and investments in the lagging territories of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Wednesday 2nd December, 15:00-16:00 (Geneva Time)
Please register here

The Global Nutrition Technical Alliance (formally the GTAM) warmly invites you to join us for the official launch of the GNC Technical Alliance. 

The GNC Technical Alliance is an initiative to support practitioners to improve the quality of nutrition preparedness, response, and recovery, by enabling and providing coordinated, accessible, and timely technical support through multiple channels.  

The upcoming webinar will officially launch the initiative and provide more detailed information about the ambition, objectives, and activities of the GNC Technical Alliance.  

Guest speakers: Víctor Aguayo - Chief of Nutrition, Associate Director, UNICEF, Kalil Sagno - Nutrition Cluster Coordinator DRC, and Dan Irvine- Senior Director Health and Nutrition,  World Vision International.

The webinar will be hosted in English with French, Spanish, and Arabic Translation available. 

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GNC Technical Alliance brief

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The world is facing a new nutrition reality in which persistent undernutrition and escalating overweight and obesity coexist within countries, communities, households, and individuals. This double burden of malnutrition brings a set of new challenges for policy and programming.

This seminar will present new global evidence on the magnitude of the double burden of malnutrition, describe the interconnected biological, societal, and ecological drivers of it, and propose a way forward on designing and estimating the cost-effectiveness of double-duty actions to tackle multiple forms of malnutrition simultaneously. The COVID-19 pandemic exemplifies the urgency of re-thinking nutrition policy and programming to tackle the new nutrition reality.

Agenda

Introduction

  • Francesco Branca, Director, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development (NHD), World Health Organization (WHO)

Speakers

  • Corinna Hawkes, Director, Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London
  • Rachel Nugent, Vice President and Director, Center for Global Non-communicable Diseases, RTI International and Associate Affiliate Professor of Global Health, University of Washington
  • Barry Popkin, W. R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Nutrition, Department of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina
  • Jonathan Wells, Professor of Anthropology and Paediatric Nutrition, UCL Institute of Child Health

Closing remarks

  • Meera Shekar, Global Lead, Nutrition, Health, & Population, World Bank Group

Moderator

  • Marie Ruel, Director, Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division, IFPRI
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Tuesday, December 01, 2020 | 09:30 am to 11:15 am (EST)
Register here and watch online at IFPRI's event page

The world is facing a new nutrition reality in which persistent undernutrition and escalating overweight and obesity coexist within countries, communities, households, and individuals. This double burden of malnutrition brings a set of new challenges for policy and programming.

This seminar will present new global evidence on the magnitude of the double burden of malnutrition, describe the interconnected biological, societal, and ecological drivers of it, and propose a way forward on designing and estimating the cost-effectiveness of double-duty actions to tackle multiple forms of malnutrition simultaneously. The COVID-19 pandemic exemplifies the urgency of re-thinking nutrition policy and programming to tackle the new nutrition reality.

Agenda

Introduction

  • Francesco Branca, Director, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development (NHD), World Health Organization (WHO)

Speakers

  • Corinna Hawkes, Director, Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London
  • Rachel Nugent, Vice President and Director, Center for Global Non-communicable Diseases, RTI International and Associate Affiliate Professor of Global Health, University of Washington
  • Barry Popkin, W. R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Nutrition, Department of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina
  • Jonathan Wells, Professor of Anthropology and Paediatric Nutrition, UCL Institute of Child Health

Closing remarks

  • Meera Shekar, Global Lead, Nutrition, Health, & Population, World Bank Group

Moderator

  • Marie Ruel, Director, Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division, IFPRI

1 December, 14:00-17:00 (CET)
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Resetting the future of food is possible and with this aim, on December 1st, during an international online dialogue, the Barilla Foundation and Food Tank will present concrete solutions to rethink our food systems from farm to fork.

"Resetting the Food System from Farm to Fork" will highlight the critical role of farmers in feeding the world and managing natural resources, food business in progressing towards the 2030 Agenda, and chefs in re-designing food experiences. The prospects of technology and innovation, the role of food as prevention and the most recent policy developments, including the EU Farm to Fork Strategy, will also be discussed. These discussions will help set the stage for 2021 United Nations Food System Summit to be held in 2021.

More info on the website.