After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger appears to be on the rise once more, with multiple forms of malnutrition threatening the health of millions.
FAO’s Project Developing Capacity for Strengthening Food Security and Nutrition in Selected Countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia, in collaboration with the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, has launched a Call for good practices and lessons learned on food security and nutrition policy implementation in the Europe and Central Asia region.
Following the CFS Bureau decision on the 7th June 2017 accepting the proposal of composition for the new HLPE Steering Committee, as formulated by the Ad-Hoc Technical Selection Committee, and following the subsequent 1-month non-objection period, the composition of the new HLPE Steering Committee is consolidated and available on the HLPE website.
The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) is awarding one extraordinary individual for improving our forests and the lives of people who depend on them!
The CPF launched the first Wangari Maathai Award in 2012 to honour and commemorate the impact of this extraordinary woman who championed forest issues around the world. In 2017, the CPF will award another individual for her/his outstanding achievements for forests.
A Side-event to the high-level political forum 2017
With 20 to 30 million people at immediate risk of famine in July 2017 in only four countries, the world is currently facing levels of food insecurity unprecedented since world war II. One of the main causes of this dramatic regression is protracted crises, often triggered by conflicts, climate shocks, or both; and their complexity makes successful interventions particularly challenging: Zero hunger is an illusion in a world affected by protracted crises.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR FARMERS AND SMEs TO ATTEND THE UN COMMITTEE ON WORLD FOOD SECURITY
The Private Sector Mechanism to the UN Committee on World Food Security will be sponsoring the participation of several farmers and SMEs representatives in the annual meeting of the UN Committee on World Food Security that will take place October 9 to 13 at the FAO in Rome, Italy.
Agriculture and Food Day took place last month in New York City with a series of panels discussing the potential of agriculture and food through the SDGs. One panel, in particular, emphasised the role agriculture plays in achieving Goal 2. The subsequent speakers stressed the importance of Achieving Goal 2 and how this interconnects with a number of the other SDGs. Ambassador Grant showcased the importance of women's participation in the agri-food value chain. Next, H.E. Ms. Mary Mubi spoke about the Scaling Up Nutrition effort and the specific work in the context of Zimbabwe as a leader in the movement to incorporate nutrition into its efforts on achieving Goal 2.
The eminent panel that followed highlighted the importance of science to advance the SDGs and the vital role of farming. From the voice of farmers themselves and the improvements made through conservation tillage, to the role of trade, partnerships, and agricultural research, leaders in agriculture spoke to concrete measures to advance food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture. They also highlighted the importance of investing throughout the agrifood chain, including research in agriculture to achieve Goal 2.
This article was written by Simon Gie, Nutritionist and content writer for the UN World Food Programme.
It was originally shared on World Food Programme Insights.
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On July 13, the International Agri-Food Network partnered with a number of leading organizations to host “Agriculture and Food Day” to celebrate, discuss, negotiate, analyze, and brainstorm around the role of Agriculture and Food in relation to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
For Agriculture and Food Day, attendees used the #Ag4SDGs hashtag to discuss the event on social media. UN twitter accounts, organisations, speakers, and delegates shared articles and comments throughout the day regarding food security, SDGs, and agricultures impact.
With these words, Global Farmer Network member, Zimbabwe farmer and now Michigan State University student Nyasha Mudukuti begins an op-ed that was published in The Detroit News August 9, 2017. Because of Nyasha’s work through the Global Farmer Network, a willingness to tell her story of farming in Zimbabwe and sharing a passion for making agriculture in Zimbabwe – and all of Africa – sustainable and life-sustaining, she was selected to receive a MasterCard Foundation Scholarship and will taking her Masters work in plant breeding, genetics and biotechnology at Michigan State University this fall.