Nepal is one most remittance-dependent countries in the world, with many Nepalese sending home around $8.79 billion from abroad. However, since the economic slowdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, work for many of them has dried up. The UN is supporting efforts to manage the large-scale influx of returnee workers.
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.
This Sunday marks the second International Day of Family Remittances, observed every year on 16 June, in recognition of the fundamental contribution of migrant workers to their families and communities back home.
With many rural areas in Haiti still recovering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in 2016, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announced on Thursday that it is investing $10.8 million help restore agricultural productivity in some the worst affected areas of the island nation.
“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.
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.
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.