food security

News in Brief 16 October 2017 (AM)

Make migration “safer and voluntary” choice says Pope on World Food Day

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Rural areas have potential to feed and employ 'younger, more crowded planet' – UN report

Long seen as poverty traps, rural areas are in fact key to economic growth in developing countries when pegged to food production, according to a new United Nations agriculture agency report released Monday.

Join global treaty to root out the scourge of illegal fishing, urges UN food security agency

Calling for strengthening the fight against illegal fishing, the United Nations food security agency has urged all countries to join a landmark global treaty that aims to rid the world of the multibillion-dollar scourge.

Low food prices foreseen in 2017-2026, but countries need to keep markets stable – UN-OECD report

Noting projections of low prices for food commodities over the next decade on the back of abundant stocks of cereal and other staples, the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report have underlined the need for governments continue efforts to provide stability to world food markets.

DR Congo’s economy loses over $1 billion to child undernutrition, finds UN-backed study

The economy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is losing as much as 4.5 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) to the effects of child undernutrition, according to a United Nations-backed study released today.

SIDS share “unique challenges” to food security and nutrition

The launch of a Global Action Programme on Food Security and Nutrition in the Small Island Developing States or SIDS has been welcomed by the UN.

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FAO seminar promotes stronger action to address drought

Experts and policy makers from across the globe are meeting in Rome this Monday to study how they can be more proactive in combatting drought, which the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) describes as “an overlooked phenomenon.”

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New UN guidelines to make international trade in plants and seeds safer

A United Nations commission overseeing plant health has adopted a new global standard to ensure that international trade in plants and seeds – vital to feed the world's population – is free from agricultural pests and disease-causing bugs.

Business-as-usual not an option with future global food security in jeopardy, cautions UN agency

Warning that diminishing natural resources and a changing climate have put humankind’s future ability to feed itself “in jeopardy,” the United Nations underlined today that while the planet still has the potential to produce enough food, “major transformations” are needed to make production sustainable and to ensure that all of humanity benefits.

Humanitarian agencies seek $1 billion to provide life-saving aid to millions in northeast Nigeria – UN

As relief organizations increase response to the humanitarian emergency in the north-east of Nigeria, timely donor support amounting to a little over $1 billion is required to sustain life-saving assistance to millions people devastated by Boko Haram-linked violence, the United Nations relief aid wing has said.