To address the interconnected problems of hunger, obesity, and climate change, the international community needs to introduce regulations and standards that transform food systems so that they provide, in sustainable ways, healthy and nutritious food for everyone, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva at the G20 Agriculture Ministers meeting today.
The Director-General of FAO and the Executive Director of WFP, with a representative from IFAD, will visit the Lao People's Democratic Republic from 14-16 May 2019 to raise greater awareness about improving food and nutrition security, and to see first-hand the agencies’ collaborative programmes in action.
FAO’s latest Food Outlook projects worldwide food imports to drop 2.5 percent in 2019 to US$ 1.472 trillion. The current edition also has special reports on the global impact of the spread of African Swine Fever in China.
The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly traded food commodities, averaged 170 points in April, up 1.5 percent from March while still 2.3 percent below its year-ago level.
Hunger in the Near East and North Africa region (NENA) continues to rise as conflicts and protracted crises have spread and worsened since 2011, threatening the region’s efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including Zero Hunger.
A new EU-funded FAO, IFAD and WFP initiative aims to move beyond treating the symptoms of gender inequalities and discrimination to addressing the underlying causes rooted in discriminatory gender norms and behaviours, unequal power relations and gender-blind social institutions.
Agricultural innovation can have a pivotal role in creating a world free of hunger. This was the message FAO delivered today to participants of Seeds&Chips Global Food Innovation Summit where the UN agency also showcased some of its innovative solutions for sustainable agriculture.
The assessment, which is based on UN Food and Agriculture Organization and World Food Programme missions to the country last month and in November 2018, concluded that the reduced harvest, coupled with increased post-harvest losses, has led to an uncovered food deficit of 1.36 million metric tons after considering the commercial import capacity of the country.
If no action is taken - warns the UN Ad hoc Interagency Coordinating Group on Antimicrobial Resistance who released the report - drug-resistant diseases could cause 10 million deaths each year by 2050 and damage to the economy as catastrophic as the 2008-2009 global financial crisis. By 2030, antimicrobial resistance could force up to 24 million people into extreme poverty.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that prolonged droughts and heavy rain have destroyed more than half of the maize and bean crops of the subsistence farmers along the Central American Dry Corridor, leaving them without food reserves and affecting their food security.