Food

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Humans can only flourish where there is enough safe food for all. Food safety supports many Sustainable Development Goals, which cannot be achieved if food is not safe for everyone. World Food Safety Day (7 June) aims to draw attention and inspire action to help prevent, detect, and manage foodborne risks, to keep food safe. Join us to help spread the word about #SafeFood! Watch today’s FAO event to learn about the crucial role of science in keeping food safe throughout the food chain. A few examples of successful and inspiring food safety stories will be shared from across the world.

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The Food Waste Index covers the later stages of food’s journey – food waste – occurring at household, food service and retail level.

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The COVID-19 pandemic risks reversing a decade of hard-won gains in global efforts to provide nutritious food to the world’s most vulnerable children through a free daily meal in school. One in two schoolchildren, or 388 million children worldwide, were receiving school meals when the pandemic struck, the highest number in history, according to the State of School Feeding Worldwide report. By April 2020, 199 countries had closed their schools and 370 million children were suddenly deprived of what for many was their only nutritious meal of the day.

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The Champions Network is a diverse global network of individuals and leaders who are passionate about making food systems more sustainable and just. Members of the network will actively call for a fundamental transformation of the world’s food systems to drive progress toward all 17 SDGs.

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Find delicious recipes inspired by IOM Turkey's programme to integrate migrants through cultural activities.

A smiling girl gets served a plate a food by a worker with a WFP apron in Sri Lanka.

WFP reports that the coronavirus pandemic is undermining efforts to improve diets and nutrition for nearly 2 billion people in Asia and the Pacific, according to an FAO report published today. The Asia and the Pacific Overview of Food Security and Nutrition states that 1.9 billion people were unable to afford a healthy diet in 2019—the year that is the focus of the study—while estimates suggest the disruption caused to livelihoods and economies by COVID-19 only worsened problems in 2020, hitting women and children aged under 5 hardest, in spite of economic growth.

Ripe, delicious, lush, nutritious, we come in all shapes and sizes, colours and shades. #IYFV2021

 

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In some parts of the world, holidays have become synonymous with over-eating and food waste. See six tips on how to avoid and reduce holiday food waste.

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Fierce rivals by tradition, football clubs Roma and Lazio, of Italy's top-tier Seria A league, have found common cause: supporting the World Food Programme's Stop The Waste campaign. The drive, now in its third year, aims to raise awareness around how food waste plays into the hands of global hunger. As part of the collaboration, players are being encouraged to advocate for healthy diets in public engagements and on social media, while pressing home the importance of reducing food waste.