Food Security and Nutrition

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.

Smallholder farmers in focus as UN Rome agency event zeroes

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

Measuring up to the new agenda

Targets and indicators was the featured topic of discussion at the third session of the UNGA intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda that took place from 23 to 27 March 2015 in New York. In response to a request by IGNP Co-Facilitators Macharia Kamau of Kenya and David Donoghue of Ireland, John Pullinger, Chair of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC), presented Member States with a working draft of a technical report on global indicators for the SDGs and targets. FAO, along with other UN agencies, contributed to recommendations in the draft report for more than 300 global indicators for targets under all 17 SDGs. READ MORE

Five agents of change for a sustainable world

As the focus of the post-2015 development agenda shifts from goals and targets to measures and means, discussion is building on innovative ways to address the world’s most pressing challenges. The ambition of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets will mean a significant investment of resources and sharing of knowledge if sustainable development is to become a reality in the post-2015 era.

With smart solutions increasingly courted by decision-makers, policies directed towards five agents of change – family farmers, rural women, investors in infrastructure, vulnerable people and policymakers – have the potential to produce dramatic and lasting effects on the economies of developing nations, transforming people into investors and stewards of the environment. READ MORE

100 facts in 14 themes linking people, food and the planet

Food is life. It is the fundamental connection between people and the planet. The fruits of the earth have long sustained us, but there are increasing signs that our way of working the land and ensuring all are nourished will have to be revisited.

Based on FAO’s 14 themes of focus in the post-2015 development agenda, these 100 facts shine a light on the connection between food security, sustainable agriculture and use of natural resources.


SDG2 - A comprehensive vision

SDG2 of the July 2014 report of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals offers a comprehensive vision for food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture, and for the sustainable use and management of natural resources, writes Boubaker Ben-Belhassen, FAO post-2015 focal point and Director of the Trade and Markets Division, in a viewpoint paper published by the Copenhagen Consensus Center.


The year of soils and sustainable development goals

It may not be as visually striking as a green forest or appear as vital as fresh water, but plain-looking soil is a natural resource just as essential to sustaining life on Earth. Soil provides nutrients, water and minerals to plants and trees, stores carbon and is home to billions of insects, small animals, bacteria and many other micro-organisms. Yet the amount of fertile soil on the planet has been diminishing at an alarming rate, compromising the ability of farmers to grow food to feed a global population that is projected to top nine billion by 2050.

FAO-WFP led thematic consultation

The consultation consisted of three phases, collecting views on lessons learned from MDGs and on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

  • An online discussion, moderated by the FSN Forum.
  • A WFP-FAO convened consultation of CFS stakeholders.
  • A high-level consultation hosted by the governments of Spain and Colombia.

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SOFI 2015

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015 (SOFI 2015), an FAO flagship publication providing updated estimates of undernourishment, will be released in May 2015, the year of reckoning for the Millennium Development Goals.

MDG hunger awards

This FAO event in June recognises those countries that have made great strides in combating hunger, by achieving MDG and World Food Summit (WFS) targets.

"Malnutrition is the single largest contributor to disease in the world.

Only 27 percent of the world population enjoys sufficient social protection. Half of the world are excluded.


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