food security

UN official praises G8 leaders' commitment to boosting food security

The recent pledge made by leaders of the so-called Group of Eight (G8) industrialized countries to mobilize $20 billion to boost food security is a “substantive” commitment, a senior United Nations official said today.

Helping world’s hungry also promotes peace and stability – Ban

By helping the world’s hungry, who now number one billion, the international community can also secure a more peaceful and stable future for all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations today in L’Aquila, Italy.

Secretary-General discusses food security on visit to St. Louis

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in Missouri today to deliver a speech at St. Louis University on food security and other global issues, part of his campaign to reach out to the American public, his spokesperson said.

Steps to boost food security should benefit Benin’s most vulnerable – UN expert

An independent United Nations human rights expert has welcomed Benin’s efforts to boost food security, while stressing that they should not only increase production but also improve the lives of the country’s most vulnerable.

DPR Korea: 40 per cent of population in danger of going hungry, say UN agencies

An estimated 40 per cent of the population of the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea (DPRK) – almost 9 million people – will be in need of urgent food aid in the next few months due to a shortage in cereals, according to a new United Nations report.

UN health agency issues guidelines on melamine-contaminated food

With the crisis of contaminated milk products in China having driven over 54,000 children to seek medical treatment, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has issued preliminary guidance to help authorities decide on the health concerns of melamine levels in food.

UN agencies call for vigilance on contaminated milk products

Given the ongoing crisis in China over melamine-contaminated powdered food which has hospitalized nearly 13,000 children, United Nations agencies today urged countries to ensure the safe feeding of infants and to be on alert for the possible spread of tainted dairy products.