agriculture and food security

Food loss and waste ‘an ethical outrage’, UN chief says on International Day

New approaches and solutions are needed to address worsening food loss and waste, the UN Secretary-General has said, in a message marking the first ever International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste Reduction. 

New wave of famine could sweep the globe, overwhelming nations already weakened by years of conflict, warn UN officials

The global hunger crisis caused by conflict – and now compounded by COVID-19 – is moving into a dangerous phase, the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday, stressing that without resources, a wave of famine could sweep the globe, overwhelming nations already weakened by years of instability. 

Mixed report card for protecting natural biodiversity can be turned round, say experts 

The number of plants and animals on the planet that are at risk today would be far higher without globally agreed safeguards and action to protect them - but it still far from good enough - UN biodiversity experts said on Tuesday. 

In a call for far greater commitment from all nations to safeguard human wellbeing and the planet’s, the body that oversees this work – the Convention on Biodiversity urged all those gathering for a UN Summit at the end of the month to broaden their ambition. 

From the Convention, here’s Executive Secretary Elizabeth Mrema and Deputy Executive Secretary David Cooper, talking to UN News’s Daniel Johnson. 

Audio -
11'45"

Leveraging innovation, partnership to shore up food security in Asia and the Pacific

Transforming food systems in Asia and the Pacific to make them more sustainable, resilient and productive, is vital for countries to rebound from the impact of COVID-19 and address chronic undernourishment, a UN regional forum on food security has heard. 

From farm to fork: How food systems can power climate action

Taking specific steps to transform national food supply systems can help countries achieve climate goals and limit global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius, a new joint UN report on climate action has found. 

Asia-Pacific: ‘Call to action’ highlights role of family farmers amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Although hundreds of millions of smallholder family farmers in Asia-Pacific produce a majority of the world’s food, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on their livelihoods, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

‘Unaffordability of healthy diets’ must be overcome

The number of hungry people worldwide continues to rise, according to the latest UN report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World.

The joint report by UN agencies gauges whether the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger remains achievable.

Speaking on the need to improve not only the food production system, but also the efficiency of global resources to support it, the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Assistant Director General and Chief Economist Maximo Torero, said in an interview that more than three billion people still “can’t even afford the cheapest healthy diet”.

Mr. Torero spoke to FAO’s Charlotta Lomas.

Audio -
7'24"

News in Brief 9 May 2019

  • ‘Absolutely abhorrent’ attack on ambulance in Libya 
  • UN rights expert urges Cambodia to change ‘political culture’ 
  • Swine fever linked to food price spike: FAO 
Audio -
4'3"

To achieve zero hunger, we need to invest in women and girls: UN specialist

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women worldwide and to shine a light on persistent gender inequality. Calling for the same access as men to “land of good quality” and an expansion of women-run farms, FAO's Senior Gender Officer Tacko Ndiaye explained to Charlotta Lomas that women in  rural areas need “enough resources to uplift them from hunger and poverty”.

Audio -
4'44"

Shrinking biodiversity poses major risk to the future of global food and agriculture, landmark UN report shows

With the biodiversity of plants cultivated for food shrinking, the global population’s health, livelihoods and environment are under severe threat. This warning from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) comes as the UN agency releases a new report – the first of its kind – on the state of the world’s biodiversity in food and agriculture.