food security

UN agriculture agency stresses role of trade in food security and climate change adaptation

Declining prices could thwart international efforts to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty unless steps are taken to guarantee decent incomes and livelihoods for small-scale producers, the United Nations agriculture agency said today.

Sustainable livelihoods bring not only food security but dignity, for refugees – UN chief

Underscoring that millions of refugees around the world face food insecurity and the risk of malnutrition, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called today for stronger response to ensure that refugees are able to meet their food and nutrition needs.

Global food prices down slightly in July – UN agency

The international prices for major food commodities saw a modest decline in July, following five consecutive months of increases, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

New UN study links trees in drylands with sustainable development

For the first time, a new United Nations report details the number of trees, forests and land use in the world’s drylands, and the findings could be used to track progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals and help fight climate change.

Chad: Two million people face hunger in Sahelian belt, UN agency warns

About two million people, or half the population, in the Sahelian belt of Chad face hunger and more than a quarter of them are in severe need of external assistance to meet their minimum daily food needs, the United Nations food relief agency said today.

Insurance “safety net” will help guard against farming disasters

A bigger insurance “safety net” for farmers at risk of losing everything in a natural disaster is being extended by the World Food Programme (WFP).

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Yemen’s food situation on verge of ‘humanitarian disaster’ – UN

The food security and nutrition situation in Yemen will turn into a humanitarian disaster unless urgent funding is accessible for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to deliver timely aid in the April/May cereal and vegetable planting season and the summer fishing season, and vaccinate livestock before winter, the United Nations agency has warned.

Bees can help boost food security of two billion small farmers at no cost – UN

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today highlighted the publication of a new study that quantifies, for the first time, how much crop yields depend on the work of bees that unknowingly fertilize plants as they move from flower to flower.

National policies on trade and agriculture key to tackling food security – UN agency

The rules governing global trade of food and agricultural products should aim to improve countries' food security and other development objectives, according to a new United Nations report issued today.

Making agriculture more “climate compatible”

Irregular weather conditions such as frequent drought in Africa’s Sahel region and extreme flooding in Myanmar, are having an impact on food systems and affecting millions of people worldwide.

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