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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.
31 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.
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.
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.
13 March 2014 - FAO Director-General calls for "massive effort" to bring a lasting end to hunger in the region
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.
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.
22 January 2014 - For IFAD, Davos offers an opportunity to underscore the importance of investing in smallholder agriculture as a business.
22 January 2014 - The public and private sectors are being urged to contribute to ending hunger around the world.
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.
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.
23 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.
5 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.
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.
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.
8 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
25 October 2013 - From world capitals and cyberspace, the message was the same: achieving zero hunger starts with us.
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
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.
1 October 2013 - 842 million people undernourished in 2011-13 - Developing countries make progress but more efforts needed to reach MDG target.
23 September 2013 - FAO Director-General addresses High Level Event in New York.
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.
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.
27 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.
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 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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
13 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.
22 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.
10 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.
8 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.
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
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.
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.
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".
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.
- 15 Apr, 2013: Ireland's President Stresses Importance of Political Commitment to Zero Hunger Challenge
- 12 Feb, 2013: Secretary-General Highlights 'Zero Hunger Challenge', Vital Role of Small Farmers, in Message to Governing Council of International Fund for Agricultural Development.
- 5 Dec, 2012: UN Secretary-General's keynote remarks at the informal ministerial roundtable "Ambition, support and delivery, now and in the future" [as prepared for delivery], Doha, Qatar
- 30 Nov, 2012: Statement by FAO Director–General for Private Sector Partnerships Meeting
- 18 Oct, 2012: UN Secretary-General’s remarks at World Food Prize Ceremony
- 17 Oct, 2012: Statement by FAO Director–General for the Committee on World Food Security
- 25 Sep, 2012: UN Secretary-General’s address to the 67th General Assembly general debate
- 28 Jun, 2012: UN Secretary-General’s remarks to General Assembly on outcome of Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
- 21 Jun, 2012: UN Secretary-General’s remarks at the launch of the Zero Hunger Challenge
- 21 Jun, 2012: UN Secretary-General’s remarks to the High-Level Side Event on LDCs, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- 21 Jun, 2012: FAO Director-General welcomes UN Secretary-General’s Zero Hunger Challenge