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Agriculture's greenhouse gas emissions on the rise, warns UN agency

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11 April 2014 – From farming to forestry and fisheries, agriculture greenhouse emissions have nearly doubled over the past 50 years and may increase by another 30 per cent by 2050.

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Climate change impacting entire planet, raising risk of hunger, floods, conflict – UN report

Iceberg31 March 2014 – The effects of climate change are already occurring in all continents and across the oceans, and the world, for the most part, is ill-prepared for their risks, says a United Nations report issued today, which also warns that while action can be taken, managing the phenomenon’s impacts will be difficult on a rapidly warming planet.




UN announces first countries set to benefit from African-led food security fund

Happy child 28 March 2014 – A unique, Africa-led United Nations-backed fund designed to improve food security across the continent has become a reality for the first six countries slated to benefit from the initiative.




Youths key to strengthening agricultural sector in Africa – UN agency

Happy child 27 March 2014 – Getting more African youths involved in agriculture and investing in the continent’s vulnerable small family farmers will be pivotal to improving nutritional and economic well-being in the years to come, a sensor United Nations official said today, citing water scarcity and conflict as some of the biggest challenges to achieve food security in the region by 2025.



Countries in Asia and the Pacific urged to take up the Zero Hunger Challenge

Happy child 13 March 2014 - FAO Director-General calls for "massive effort" to bring a lasting end to hunger in the region




Pro-family farming policies key in anti-hunger fight, UN officials tell Budapest expo

Family Farming 5 March 2014 – Financial and infrastructure support for small-scale family farmers is crucial to winning the fight against hunger around the world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging Governments to create polices conducive for equitable and sustainable rural development.



ECOWAS, FAO and partners meet on Zero Hunger Initiative for West Africa

24 February 2014 - ECOWAS, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and other partners, has launched the West Africa Zero Hunger Initiative which targets the eradication of hunger and poverty, reduce malnutrition, promote sustainable developmental growth in the region and adopts a new approach to the governance of agricultural, food and nutrition issues in West Africa.

At Davos, IFAD highlights rural development as key to nutrition and food security

MDG Success 22 January 2014 - For IFAD, Davos offers an opportunity to underscore the importance of investing in smallholder agriculture as a business.




"Zero Hunger is everyone's business" says UN food agency

MDG Success22 January 2014 - The public and private sectors are being urged to contribute to ending hunger around the world.




First Asia-Pacific UN Zero Hunger Challenge launched in Timor-Leste

Zero Hunger Logo 9 January 2014 - Graced by the presence of Her Royal Highness, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand, the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Mr. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão today launched the first national Zero Hunger Challenge in Asia and the Pacific.




New UN-United Kingdom partnership aims to boost food security in Zimbabwe

Food on sale at a market in Harare, Zimbabwe. Photo: IRIN
23 December 2013 – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Kingdom are teaming up to support Zimbabwe's efforts to address poverty, food insecurity and climate change.



New UN initiative tackles food losses with pilot activities in three African nations

Wasted Food23 December 2013 - Three Rome-based UN agencies are teaming up on a $2.7 million project to tackle the problem of food losses in developing countries, beginning with pilot programmes in Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda.




"Climate-smart" agriculture needed to steer food security through changing weather

woman watering plants in Haiti5 December 2013 – Agroforestry, diversification of crops with legumes and other practical measures must be scaled up to end hunger while meeting the challenge of climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a global conference on the issue today.




World must sustainably produce 70 per cent more food by mid-century – UN report

MDG Success 3 December 2013 – The world will need 70 per cent more food, as measured by calories, to feed a global population of 9.6 billion in 2050, and must achieve this through improvements in the way people produce and consume, according to a report released today by the United Nations and its partners.



UN chief kicks off international week with call to harness science for greater good

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11 November 2013 – From climate change to public health, science and technology can help countries forge a sustainable future, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today, marking the start of the International Week of Science and Peace.



Climate change deal in Warsaw vital for small farmers, rural poor, UN agency stresses

Happy child8 November 2013 – With diplomats set to gather in Warsaw next week to pick up negotiations on a binding climate deal, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) stressed today that small farmers in developing countries must have a greater role in the talks as they are the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.



On World Food Day, Companies Zero In On Hunger

Happy child 25 October 2013 - From world capitals and cyberspace, the message was the same: achieving zero hunger starts with us.




Reducing food loss, waste key to fighting hunger, UN official stresses at global forum

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21 October 2013 – The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for innovative thinking to measure and cut global food loss and waste which he said is essential to advance the fight to eliminate hunger.



Save Food: United Nations agencies and international partner organizations pledge to support food loss and waste reduction

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18 October 2013 - In a meeting at FAO Headquarters, 13 agencies consisting of UN and international partner organizations agreed on a way forward to reduce food losses and waste.



Global hunger down, but millions still chronically hungry

MDG Success1 October 2013 - 842 million people undernourished in 2011-13 - Developing countries make progress but more efforts needed to reach MDG target.




FAO calls for joint efforts to meet the Zero Hunger Challenge

MDG Success23 September 2013 - FAO Director-General addresses High Level Event in New York.





MDG Success: Accelerating Action, Partnering for Impact

23 September 2013 - the Secretary-General hosted a high-level forum to catalyze and accelerate further action to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and enrich the deliberations of the General Assembly on 24 and 25 September, and beyond.



Food waste harms climate, water, land and biodiversity – new FAO report

Sub-Saharan and Argentinean Agriculture Ministers at their meeting in Buenos Aires 11 September 2013, Rome - The waste of a staggering 1.3 billion tonnes of food per year is not only causing major economic losses but also wreaking significant harm on the natural resources that humanity relies upon to feed itself, says a new FAO report. Food Wastage Footprint: Impacts on Natural Resources is the first study to analyze the impacts of global food wastage from an environmental perspective, looking specifically at its consequences for the climate, water and land use, and biodiversity.


Save Food Asia-Pacific campaign kicks off

Food waste27 Aug 2013, Bangkok, Thailand - Initiative aims to reduce post-harvest and consumer food waste. Denouncing the huge amount of food that goes to waste, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, Hiroyuki Konuma, announced a new initiative aimed at stopping post-harvest food losses and market-to-consumer food waste.



Promoting global South cooperation key for agricultural development, ending hunger – UN official

Sub-Saharan and Argentinean Agriculture Ministers at their meeting in Buenos Aires 21 August 2013 – A senior United Nations official has stressed the importance of South-South cooperation to advance agricultural development in developing countries, adding that this collaboration can also help end hunger in the African continent.



Secretary-General Invites "Club des Chefs des Chefs" to Join Zero Hunger Challenge!

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) meets with Gilles Bragard (right), Executive Secretary and Founder of Le Club des Chefs des Chefs, and Christian Garcia, President of Le Club des Chefs des Chefs, before a delegation of chefs prepares dinner for 250 homeless people in Harlem, in New York City, as part of a campaign against hunger.



A UN declaration to promote the rights of people working in rural areas

27 August 2013 - The Human Rights Council, in deciding to establish an inter-governmental working group on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas, was influenced by the rural poor, who were demanding their voices be heard. These individuals are regarded globally as among the most marginalized of groups. In her opening statement to the inaugural meeting of the working group, the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Flavia Pansieri spoke of the "rapidly globalizing world" and the "fundamental challenges" faced by people working in rural areas.


FAO study profiles benefits of school feeding programmes linked to family farms

23 August 2013, Brasilia/Rome - A study undertaken by FAO in Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru showcases the contributions that school feeding programmes are making to strengthening children's social protection, food security and nutritional status.



Strong leadership is a critical determinant of success in ending hunger

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30 June 2013, Addis Ababa - Africa has vibrant societies that are eager to achieve development and eradicate hunger, agreed African Ministers and other senior officials meeting at the African Union in Addis Ababa today, in the framework of the High Level Meeting of African and international leaders to end hunger in the continent. The Ministers were meeting ahead of the meeting of African Union Heads of State and Government tomorrow, under the theme "New, unified approaches to end hunger in Africa".

38 countries meet MDG hunger target early

12 June 2013, Rome – Amid building momentum through the 1,000 days of action for the MDGs, 38 countries have met internationally-established targets in the fight against hunger, chalking up successes ahead of the 2015 deadline, the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Director-General José Graziano da Silva announced at a press conference in Rome. "These countries are leading the way to a better future," he said. "They are proof that with strong political will, coordination and cooperation, it is possible to achieve rapid and lasting reductions in hunger."

Mr. Graziano da Silva urged all countries to keep up the momentum, aiming for the complete eradication of hunger, in keeping with the Zero Hunger Challenge launched in 2012 by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. For more details and a list of countries, see the UN News Centre story.

UN food, agriculture chief urges 'nothing less than the eradication of hunger and malnutrition'

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4 June 2013 – The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for greater efforts to combat malnutrition and hunger worldwide as the agency launched its flagship annual report, which this year focuses on improved food systems for better nutrition.



UNIC Beirut, UNEP, Pop Star Tackle Food Waste

Beirut, June 2013 – The UN Environment Program’s Regional Office for Western Asia (UNEP-ROWA) and the UN Information Centre in Beirut (UNIC-Beirut) today launched a one-month awareness campaign to promote new measures and behavioral changes in order to address the world’s widespread problem of food loss and waste and boost efforts to combat hunger and food insecurity.

School Meals: Where Need Is Greatest, Coverage Is Lowest, WFP Report Finds

24 May 2013, Rome – The first State of School Feeding Worldwide report, produced by WFP, provides a global picture of developments in school feeding, with maps, analysis, and research. It shows that despite huge global investment in school meals programmes, many needy children are not covered.



UN Secretary-General's Food Security Task Force Commits to Actions to Achieve Zero Hunger Challenge

February 2013, New York – The heads of 23 United Nations and Bretton Woods institutions committed at Headquarters 8 February to urgent action for coordinated, comprehensive efforts to achieve the Zero Hunger Challenge with attainment of the Millennium Development Goal on poverty and hunger as the first step and an emphasis in the post-2015 development agenda.

UN reports drop in food prices for third consecutive month

woman buying food at the market 10 January 2013 – The United Nations today reported that food prices fell for the third month in a row in December last year, balancing out sharp increases registered earlier in 2012, which had previously sparked fears of a food crisis.

Think, Eat, Save Initiative by UNEP, FAO and Partners

woman carrying box of food13 March 2013, Rome - A new, faster and more precise way of measuring hunger and food insecurity across the world is soon to be field-tested by FAO in several pilot countries.

Think, Eat, Save Initiative by UNEP, FAO and Partners

woman carrying box of food22 January 2013 – UN and Partners Launch Global Campaign to Change Culture of Food Waste, Consumers, food industry and Government all have role to play in reducing 1.3 billion tonnes of food wasted or lost each year.

Haiti: UN-backed survey finds progress for children in education, nutrition and health sectors

children getting dental care10 January 2013 – Almost three years after a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, preliminary results of a new United Nations-backed national household survey show substantial progress for children there in the education, nutrition, health and sanitation sectors since 2006.



Amid ongoing violence, UN food relief agency warns of growing shortages in Syria

woman carrying box of food8 January 2013 – The United Nations food relief agency today warned that humanitarian needs in Syria – especially for food – are growing, with serious bread and fuel shortages across the war-torn country.




UN: Farmers must be central to agricultural investment

6 December 2012, Rome - Making more and better investments in agriculture is one of the most effective ways to reduce hunger and poverty while safeguarding the environment.





This is the key message of FAO's flagship annual report, The State of Food and Agriculture 2012 (SOFA) presented today in Rome.


FAO economist Jakob Skoet explains why the focus of this year's flagship report is 'Investment in agriculture for a better future', considers how investment by farmers compares to investment by governments, and outlines the importance of providing an 'enabling' investment climate

Council endorses hunger eradication as FAO’s number one goal

7 December 2012, Rome - FAO's governing Council ended its week-long meeting by endorsing a change in the Organization's first global goal from merely reducing hunger to its eradication.




Greater private sector role needed to fight hunger, poverty

30 November 2012, Rome – The private sector can make an important contribution to the fight against poverty and hunger, and promote sustainable food production and consumption, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today, during a meeting with private sector associations and federations.



FAO D-G calls for 'next big step' in hunger fight

24 October 2012, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today called on international food communities and all players in the global food system to join together in eradicating hunger from the earth "within our lifetimes".



One in eight people hungry

9 October 2012 - Almost 870 million people, or one in eight, are suffering from chronic malnutrition, according to a new United Nations report released today, which shows a sharp decline in the number of undernourished people over the past two decades, but warns that immediate action is still needed to tackle hunger particularly in developing countries.





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