World Food Day

LIVE: World Food Day

Hunger is rising, due to factors including conflict, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, which is putting a strain on food systems that are already failing in many countries. In today’s LIVE blog, marking World Food Day, we will look at some of the many issues and possible solutions.


Highlights
•    UN chief video message
•    What is sustainable agriculture?
•    Food and the COVID-19 pandemic
•    The business of food

•    UN commits to transforming food systems

UN chief announces major push to transform harmful food systems

The UN chief António Guterres set out a new plan to transform the world’s food systems on Monday - coinciding with the start of World Food Week - which will culminate in a major summit, scheduled to take place in September next year.

Ingredients for a new life: how cooking helps refugees and migrants blend in

On a Friday afternoon, in a small restaurant kitchen in the New York borough of Brooklyn, head chef Alexander Harris is giving instructions to his attentive team, preparing them for the busy evening ahead. So far, the tables are empty, but the small, popular space, with just a handful of tables - and some stools around the bar - will soon be bustling with the evening crowd.

Obesity rates soar due to dramatic global diet shift, says UN food agency

Eating food high in starch, sugar, fats and salt; combined with a sedentary lifestyle, is a recipe for soaring global obesity rates, even in countries where many still suffer from hunger. On World Food Day, which falls on Wednesday, the UN’s food agency, FAO, is calling for action to make healthy, sustainable diets affordable and accessible for all.

World Food Day: here’s what the UN is doing to fix ‘intolerable’ wrong of hunger

“In our world of plenty, one person in nine does not have enough to eat”, said United Nations chief António Guterres on Tuesday, marking World Food Day. With this year’s theme, “our actions are our future”, the UN and its partners, held events and launched information campaigns worldwide, to amplify one message: achieving zero hunger by 2030 is possible, provided we “join forces”.

PODCAST: Feeding the world with 1.3bn tons of wasted food

Many of the world’s 821 million hungry people could be fed if less food was thrown away, according to the United Nations.  For this edition of our flagship podcast, The Lid Is On, marking World Food Day, Daniel Dickinson reports from New York on how small actions, could make a big difference when it comes to tackling global hunger.

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Wasting food can have negative impacts on climate: FAO

People are throwing away so much that it’s having a negative impact on the climate, a representative from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization  has warned.

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Invest in agriculture to break poverty cycle

Investments need to be made in agriculture if the world’s poorest people are to get enough to eat according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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Political will needed to eradicate hunger

The international community is being urged to find the political will to help break the cycle of poverty by promoting the new global development goal on hunger.

The UN says, 800 million people around the still do not get enough to eat.

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