Hunger, Food Security and Nutrition
This page aims to bring together voices from across the globe in a conversation on food security and nutrition. After the initial consultation which drew over 250 contributions, we will be continuing the discussion with more engagements as the post-2015 framework takes greater shape. This consultation is co-led by FAO and WFP in partnership with the governments of Colombia and Spain.
Ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture – SDG2 – will require commitment and action at the national level, supported by engagement from the international community. That was the main message from a side event held in New York on 17 April on the margins of the Second drafting session of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3).
The panel discussion, organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) – the Rome-based agencies of the United Nations, brought together multiple voices to explore the policies and investments needed to successfully implement SDG2 of the July 2014 proposal of the intergovernmental Open Working Group (OWG) of the UN General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Read more
Jomo Kwame Sundaram, FAO Assistant Director-General for Economic and Social Development, gives an overview of the process to determine successor goals to the MDGs. He underlines the importance of food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture to a new framework, and explains why a growing global population, diminishing natural resource base and worsening effects of climate change are shaping talks along the lines of future sustainability.
Among the most pressing challenges facing the world today is feeding a growing global population projected to increase from over 7 billion currently to over 9 billion by 2050. This will require food production to increase by 60 percent globally.
It is a challenge that is compounded by the additional threats of climate change, increasing water and land scarcity, soil and land degradation, and a deteriorating natural resource base, threats that will mainly hurt the world’s poor and vulnerable, especially those living in rural areas, who represent the vast majority of the at least 805 million who suffer hunger on a daily basis.
Featuring FAO’s 14 themes of focus in the post-2015 development agenda, this infographic presents the interlinkages that exist between food security and nutrition and the emerging priorities of a sustainable development agenda. READ MORE
The post-2015 development agenda featured prominently among topics discussed at the 41st annual session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome from 13-18 October.
The world’s foremost inclusive intergovernmental and multi-stakeholder platform for food security and nutrition brought together hundreds of representatives from governments, civil society organizations, private sector and research institutions during World Food Week.READ MORE
FAO, IFAD and WFP united in commending the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) report on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), at a side event held during the 24th session of the Committee on Agriculture at FAO headquarters in Rome on 30 September.
The event, which brought together speakers representing the EU, the Dominican Republic as well as the three Rome-based UN agencies (RBAs), focused on food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture in the post-2015 development agenda.
Combining two topical themes - the second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) and the process to determine successor goals to the MDGs, Nutrition in the post-2015 development agenda was the title of the first in a series of Food for Talk discussions organised by FAO Liaison Office in Geneva (LOG), Switzerland on 30 October.
The crucial role of rural women in delivering a truly sustainable post-2015 development agenda was the central message at a special event organised by FAO, WFP, IFAD and UN Women at UN headquarters in New York on 15 October, International Day for Rural Women.
Thirteen countries have won recognition from FAO for outstanding progress in fighting hunger, an achievement which includes reaching international targets ahead of the end-of-2015 deadline.