Rome Meeting Addressing El Niño’s impact on Central America’s Dry Corridor

Date: Thursday 30 June 2016, 9:00-12:30
Event: High-level meeting at FAO in Rome

The El Niño climate event is having a devastating impact on agriculture in Central America’s Dry Corridor where one of the worst droughts in decades has left 3.5 million people food insecure. In the most affected countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras some 2.8 million people are dependent on food aid.

Making Agricultural Biotechnologies Work for Family Farmers

International symposium at FAO: 15-17 February 2016

12 February 2016, Rome - Over 400 scientists, representatives of government, civil society, the private sector, academia, farmers' associations and cooperatives are set to participate in the FAO-hosted international symposium "The Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition" from 15-17 February 2016.

UNEP Announces Africa Food Security Conference

Africa Food security conference with title "Harnessing Ecosystem based Approaches for Food Security and Adaptation to climate change In Africa

The Africa Adaptation Knowledge Network (AAKNet) is planning an Africa Food security conference with title "Harnessing Ecosystem based Approaches for Food Security and Adaptation to climate change In Africa" slated to take place in Nairobi by 20-21, August 2013

Proof That Hunger can Be Eliminated-FAO recognizes 38 countries for halving hunger

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16 June 2013, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva formally recognized 38 countries for reducing hunger by half well ahead of international targets for the year 2015.

During a high-level ceremony attended by several heads of state, 18 countries received diplomas for early achievement of targets set by both Millennium Development Goal 1 (MDG1) — to halve the proportion of hungry people by 2015 — plus the more stringent World Food Summit (WFS) goal of halving the absolute number of hungry people by 2015.

Nutrition Declared A Priority for Development-United Nations

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram
IPS Columnist

Rome June 6th 2013 (IPS): Jomo Kwame Sundaram, assistant director-general for economic and social development at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), writes that while the Millennium Development Goal of halving hunger by 2015 is within reach, much more needs to be done to eradicate malnutrition, which is the underlying cause of 2.6 million child deaths each year and the reason why a quarter of the world’s children, including a third of children in developing countries, are stunted.

MDG hunger target still within reach, FAO

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15 October 2012, Rome - If countries step up their efforts to reduce hunger, the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of hungry people by 2015 can still be reached, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told the opening session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) today.

Graziano da Silva said that important progress has been made in cutting the number of hungry people by 132 million since 1990. The proportion of the hungry also fell in the developing world from 23.2 percent to 14.9 percent.


FAO’s new Director-General prioritizes Horn of Africa
3 February 2012, Nairobi - The United Nations declared an end to famine conditions in Somalia today, but warned that with recurrent droughts in the Horn of Africa hunger remains a threat unless long-term measures are taken to restore food security.

Forests, potential solution in the fight against hunger,says FAO

Attention to forest foods and services can improve food security in poor nations
26 October 2011, Rome – The role of forests in providing timber and other wood products must not overshadow their important contribution to feeding many of the world's poorest communities, a group of international forest organizations and secretariats said today.

Horn of Africa: Funding for agricultural recovery lagging, FAO warns

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25 August, Rome - As world governments met today in Ethiopia for an international pledging conference aimed at winning more aid for the Horn of Africa, FAO has warned that efforts to keep farmers and pastoralists on their feet, prevent the crisis from worsening and speed progress toward recovery are not being adequately funded.