food security

New UN initiative tackles food losses with pilot activities in three African nations

Three Rome-based United Nations agencies are teaming up on a $2.7 million project to tackle the problem of food losses in developing countries, beginning with pilot programmes in Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda.

New UN-United Kingdom partnership aims to boost food security in Zimbabwe

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Kingdom are teaming up to support Zimbabwe’s efforts to address poverty, food insecurity and climate change.

World must sustainably produce 70 per cent more food by mid-century – UN report

The world will need 70 per cent more food, as measured by calories, to feed a global population of 9.6 billion in 2050, and must achieve this through improvements in the way people produce and consume, according to a report released today by the United Nations and its partners.

WTO rules must address food security needs of developing countries – UN expert

A United Nations independent rights expert called today for policy changes that will allow developing countries the freedom to use their reserves to help secure the right to food without the threat of sanctions under current World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.

UN launches International Year to spotlight role of family farms in reducing hunger, poverty

The United Nations today launched the International Year of Family Farming (2014) in an effort to highlight the potential family farmers have to eradicate hunger, preserve natural resources and promote sustainable development.

At UN meeting, experts stress need to rethink food systems to improve nutrition

Food systems will need to change significantly to tackle severe nutrition problems that currently afflict more than half of the world’s population, experts told a United Nations meeting in Rome today.

Food prices expected to be less volatile than in recent years, says UN agency

Improved supplies and a recovery in global inventories of cereals has led to less price volatility than in recent years, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, adding that food prices over the past month rose slightly, driven by higher sugar prices.

UN expert urges greater legal inclusion of measures to ensure global right to food

The United Nations independent expert on food today urged Governments to incorporate nutrition strategies into laws and legal entities to further drive the global right to food movement.

Marking World Food Week, UN agency celebrates legacy of quinoa

The United Nations food agency today highlighted the quinoa, known as an Andean ‘super food,’ and other underused crops in the fight against hunger.

Sustainable food systems vital to end hunger, malnutrition, UN says on World Food Day

Efficient, well-managed and sustainable food systems are essential to end hunger and malnutrition as well as protect the environment, United Nations officials stressed today, marking World Food Day.