Hunger and food security

910, 2017

Rural areas have potential to feed and employ ‘younger, more crowded planet’ – UN report

October 9th, 2017|Hunger and food security, News|

"Fulfilling the 2030 Agenda depends crucially on progress in rural areas, which is where most of the poor and hungry live,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, in his foreword to the report.

709, 2017

Global food prices fall in August as cereal output heads for record high – UN

September 7th, 2017|Hunger and food security, News|

Global food prices dipped in August, mainly as the prospect of bumper cereal harvests pushed up expectations for larger grain inventories, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

A news release said that the FAO Food Price Index declined 1.3 per cent from July, ending three months of consecutive increases.

However, the Index – tracking the […]

3008, 2017

UN agriculture chief says Uganda ‘leading example’ of sustainable refugee response

August 30th, 2017|Hunger and food security, News|

The head of the United Nations agriculture agency today called for greater funding for a sustainable response to the refugee crisis in Uganda, as he concluded a visit to the country’s north hosting those crossing the border for safety.

“Uganda’s refugee model is an example to the world,” said UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General José Graziano […]

2308, 2017

Emigration and food insecurity in Central American ‘dry corridor’ focus of new UN-backed study

August 23rd, 2017|Hunger and food security, News|

A new inter-agency study released today found a correlation between prolonged droughts in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – exacerbated by El Niño phenomenon from 2014 to 2016 – and the increase in irregular migration from these countries to the United States, the United Nations food relief agency reported.

“The study provides an important insight into […]

1608, 2017

Emergency food distributions launched to assist thousands displaced by conflict in DR Congo – UN agency

August 16th, 2017|Hunger and food security, News|

Food assistance will be provided to food insecure people displaced by conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), says the United Nations food agency.

The World Food Programme (WFP) and its partner World Vision have launched an emergency operation to provide food assistance to 42,000 food insecure people who, due […]

1408, 2017

Amid soaring food insecurity in DR Congo, UN agencies call for food aid, supplies

August 14th, 2017|Hunger and food security, News|

More than one in ten people living in rural areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are hungry due to escalating and prolonged conflict and displacement, United Nations agencies today reported, warning that the situation will worsen unless urgent support comes in time.

“7.7 million people face acute hunger– a 30 percent increase over the […]

308, 2017

Food prices surge in July; UN agriculture agency cites cereals, sugar and dairy as main drivers

August 3rd, 2017|Hunger and food security, News|

Driven mainly by higher cereal, sugar and dairy quotations, global food prices rose for the third consecutive month in July, according to the United Nations agriculture agency.

108, 2017

Breastfeeding is ‘smartest investment’ families, communities and countries can make – UN

August 1st, 2017|Education, Health, Hunger and food security, News|

Kicking off World Breastfeeding Week, the United Nations today stressed that although breastfeeding has cognitive and health benefits for infants and mothers, investment shortcomings impede the practice.

1207, 2017

Safe, effective family planning is key to ‘empowering people, developing nations’ – UN

July 12th, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, Health, Hunger and food security, News, Poverty|

If the demand of women in developing countries who wanted access to safe and effective family planning was met, it would reduce an estimated 100,000 maternal death and avert 67 million unintended pregnancies, the United Nations population agency today said.

1007, 2017

Low food prices foreseen in 2017-2026, but countries need to keep markets stable – UN-OECD report

July 10th, 2017|Hunger and food security, News|

Noting projections of low prices for food commodities over the next decade on the back of abundant stocks of cereal and other staples, the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report have underlined the need for governments continue efforts to provide stability to world food markets.