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News in Brief 3 January 2020

  • Latin America and Caribbean world's second most disaster-prone region
  • Humanitarians monitoring displacement following West Darfur clashes
  • Chef with UN climate project urges support for smallholder farmers
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UN agricultural development chief on 'State of Food Security and Nutrition' report

The newly launched "State of Food Security and Nutrition" report gives an updated estimate of the number of hungry people in the world.

It also provides the latest data on child stunting and wasting as well as on adult and child obesity.

The report is an important measure of global progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of Zero Hunger, and also offers analysis of the drivers of hunger and malnutrition.

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UN agency works to transform lives of rural women and girls

“If poverty had a face, it would be the face of a rural woman.”

That’s the opinion expressed by the newly appointed Vice- President at the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Cornelia Richter.

Ms Richter was at UN Headquarters this week to participate in the latest session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which is focusing on rural women.

Dianne Penn spoke to her.

Top photos: OCHA CAR/Yaye N. SENE; Bottom photos: IFAD

Growing new lives for rural women in Sudan & CAR aid chief

Welcome to our latest UN and Africa podcast, from UN News.

We’ll be hearing from Sudan, where a micro-financing project is changing the lives of rural women farmers, and we hear from the deputy chief of the UN mission in the Central African Republic on how armed groups are “spreading terror” stoking fear and anger among civilians forced to flee their homes.


Migrant workers sending home more money than a decade ago

The amount of money migrants send home to their families in developing countries has increased by 51 per cent over the past decade, “lifting millions out poverty,” a new report by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has found.

The study, covering the period between 2007 and 2016, was released ahead of the International Day of Family Remittances, observed annually on 16 June.