food security

UN top official calls on countries to help break cycle of hunger in dryland countries

With more than two billion people in so-called dryland countries at risk of hunger due to recurrent drought, conflict and volatile food prices, a United Nations senior official today called on the international community to work closely with these nations to break the cycle of hunger affecting them.

Foreign investment in developing countries must involve local farmers to succeed – UN

International investments must give local farmers and active role and leave them in control of their land if they are to have a positive effect on the host country’s economy and advance development, according to a report released today by the United Nations food agency.

Following southern Africa visit, UN humanitarian official calls for greater cooperation to fight food insecurity

Wrapping up a visit to southern Africa today, a senior United Nations humanitarian official today called on countries and partners in the region to strengthen their efforts to work together to promote disaster preparedness and tackle food insecurity.

At World Food Prize ceremony, UN Secretary-General calls for new approaches to combat hunger

Innovative approaches and technologies as well as a strong political will from countries are essential to combat hunger, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed tonight, at an event honouring the latest winner of the World Food Prize.

At meeting on food security, UN says goal for reducing world’s hungry by half still reachable

Targets for reducing the proportion of hungry people around the world by half can still be reached if countries step up their efforts to reduce hunger, top United Nations officials announced today.

Nearly 870 million people chronically undernourished, says new UN hunger report

Almost 870 million people, or one in eight, are suffering from chronic malnutrition, according to a new United Nations report released today, which shows a sharp decline in the number of undernourished people over the past two decades, but warns that immediate action is still needed to tackle hunger particularly in developing countries.

UN reports slight increase in food prices, warns of decline in global cereal harvest

The United Nations today reported that global food prices slightly increased in September after two months of stability, and warned that despite increased cereal production in low income countries, global harvest of this commodity is expected to decrease this year.

New UN-backed initiative seeks to promote aquaculture to fight hunger

A United Nations-backed initiative that will form partnerships among governments, development agencies and universities has been launched to better understand how aquaculture can help low-income countries fight hunger.

UN food agency highlights progress in Swaziland agricultural initiative

Swaziland’s farmers are beginning to reap the benefits of a UN-backed five-year programme aimed at reversing the country’s declining agricultural productivity, the United Nations food agency declared today.

Rise in Argentina’s maize exports to ease pressure in international food markets – UN

Argentina’s announcement that it would export an additional 2.75 million tonnes of maize this year will help ease tight international markets, the United Nations food agency said today, adding that while this is a welcome measure, countries must remain vigilante to avoid a global food crisis.