Hunger and food security

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.

607, 2017

Monthly global food price index up 1.4 per cent; cereal stocks set to hit new record, says UN agency

July 6th, 2017|Hunger and food security, News|

Rising prices of cereals, meat and dairy products have pushed the global food price index up by 1.4 per cent compared to last month and 7.0 per cent compared to last year, the United Nations agriculture agency has said.

2706, 2017

PGA on “Be the Change for SDGs Week”

June 27th, 2017|Hunger and food security, News, Year of Living Sustainably|

The President of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, Mr. Peter Thomson, joined staff on a tour of the United Nations Food Gardens this week to learn more about urban agriculture and locally-sourced food. The event, organized as part of the “Be the Change for SDGs Week”, showcased the composting efforts and healthy food growing taking place on the grounds of the Secretariat Building. It also touched on the need to raise awareness about food security. 

2306, 2017

Food insecurity threatens children in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia – UNICEF

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

Calling for immediate humanitarian action amid rising malnutrition, thirst and disease, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today that millions of lives are at risk in four countries stretching from Africa to the Middle East.

205, 2017

On World Tuna Day, UN cites importance of sustainably managed fish stocks in achieving 2030 Agenda

May 2nd, 2017|Hunger and food security, News, Oceans|

As migratory tuna species account for 20 per cent of the value of all marine capture fisheries and over eight per cent of all globally traded seafood, the inaugural celebration by the United Nations of World Tuna Day is an important step in recognizing the critical role of tuna to sustainable development, food security, economic opportunity, and livelihoods of people around the world.