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On World Food Day, UN calls for united front against hunger

With nearly one billion people still suffering from food shortages around the globe, the world must take a united stand against hunger, the United Nations said today, marking World Food Day.

Laos: UNICEF moves to combat extreme child malnutrition in flood-affected provinces

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its aid partners are joining forces with health officials in Laos to tackle what they describe as alarming levels of malnutrition among children in nine provinces affected by floods and typhoons in the past two years.

Number of world’s hungry dips below 1 billion, UN reports

Although the number of hungry people in the world has fallen below 1 billion thanks to renewed economic growth, it remains “unacceptably” high, two United Nations agencies stressed today.

UN agency opens up access to largest database of hunger statistics

The world’s largest and most comprehensive database on food, agriculture and hunger is now open to the public, free of charge, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.

More agricultural investment vital to combat hunger in Asia-Pacific, says UN official

The Asia-Pacific region – home to two-thirds of the world’s one billion malnourished people – must see growth in agricultural investment to tackle the hunger challenge, a senior United Nations official stressed today.

UN expert urges global trade talks to prioritize needs of world’s hungry

As the World Trade Organization (WTO) holds a ministerial-level gathering on global food security, a United Nations human rights expert today appealed for the trade community to place hunger high on its agenda and to join multilateral efforts to eradicate the scourge.

Drought and conflict aggravate hunger in East Africa, warns UN food agency

The crop prospects in the Horn of Africa for this year are poor, on the heels of below-average rainfall, violence and displacement, will intensify hunger in the region, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) cautioned today.

More must be done to reform global food system to fight crisis, says UN expert

Investing in agriculture alone will not solve the food crisis, a United Nations independent expert said today, calling for stepped-up political will to address structural flaws in global food production, which is at the crux of the current emergency.

Most vulnerable must not be forgotten, says chief of UN anti-hunger agency

With the global economy beginning to show signs of turning the corner, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today issued an urgent plea to ensure that those hardest hit by the financial crisis – considered by many to have started one year ago this week – are not forgotten.

UN food agency mourns death of champion against hunger

The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today mourned the passing of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Norman E. Borlaug, thanking him for being the agency's “great champion in the battle against hunger.”