La Guajira, Colombia’s northernmost region, is dry with desert landscapes. It’s prone to drought and food insecurity particularly in rural areas.
In recent years, the economic crisis in neighboring Venezuela has pushed over a million migrants across the border, including 165,000 people into La Guajira.
The influx has put a strain on host communities, where food is limited and natural resources scarce, so the UN Food and Agriculture Organization decided to take action.
The way we produce food today is damaging ecosystems around the world and threatening biodiversity, despite being more abundant and of better quality than ever before.
That’s a paradox highlighted by former top UN official Dr. David Nabarro in an interview with UN News this week, after he’d taken part in The Future of Food International Symposium in Rome, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Bees, soil, trees – even tiny organisms we can’t even see – all play a vital role in producing the world’s food. Yet, this biodiversity, which supports our food and agriculture systems, is under stress.
That’s according to a new report by the United Nations Food Organization (FAO), which finds that 33 per cent of fish stocks are estimated to be overfished and bee colony losses are on the rise – all factors that endanger the world’s future security.
Even though meat production is known to be a major contributor to climate change and environmental destruction, worldwide demand for meat continues to rise, said UN environment agency, UNEP, in a statement released on Thursday.
Social protections for vulnerable farmers and their families need to be expanded in many countries across the world, in recognition of the vital role they play in food production.
That’s according to Natalia Winder Rossi, a Senior Social Protection Officer with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Indigenous women and girls suffer from “triple discrimination” when it comes to their rights and well-being, according to an Advocacy Officer from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Yon Fernandez de Larrinoa has been at UN Headquarters in New York, taking part in an event on empowering indigenous women as part of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
Women need better opportunities and resources to help improve “under-performing” smallholder food production, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
That’s according to Libor Stloukal of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); who specializes in Gender, Equity and Rural Employment issues.
Food production in war-torn Syria has hit a record low and has left nine million people wondering where their next meal will come from, the United Nations has said.
More than five years of civil conflict and unfavourable weather conditions in parts of the country have made it increasingly difficult for farmers to get access to their land, or farming supplies, or to get any food they do produce to market.