Tag Archives: food security

The Need to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Papua New Guinea

How are people’s lives linked to the Sustainable Development Goals? This film tells the stories of three families in the Coastal, Highlands and Central regions of Papua New Guinea. It documents the challenges they face in their daily lives, how they are over coming these and their aspirations for the future.

Film created by UN Office PNG

Top 12 Ways World Can End Hunger, Stem Environmental Damage from Food Systems

A major overhaul of the global food system is urgently needed if the world is to combat hunger, use natural resources more efficiently and stem environmental damage, the International Resource Panel (IRP) says. In its latest report, the IRP – a consortium of 34 internationally renowned scientists, over 30 national governments and other groups hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – calls for a switch to a “resource-smart” food system that changes the way food is grown, harvested, processed, traded, transported, stored, sold and consumed. Continue reading

Asia-Pacific region achieves Millennium Development Goal to reduce hunger by half by 2015

The Asia-Pacific region has achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG-1c) by reducing the proportion of people suffering from hunger by half by 2015, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced. “This is an historic achievement, a great milestone of which the Asia-Pacific region should be proud,” said Hiroyuki Konuma, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative. “Looking at the region as a whole, in the MDG base year of 1990, around 24 percent of the population was undernourished. Today, that percentage has been cut in half to 12 percent and thus has met the MDG hunger goal.” Continue reading

UN is proud to be at Expo Milano 2015 to highlight the cause of food security

UN Milan ExpoExpo Milano 2015 will be hosted in Milan, Italy, between 1 May and 31 October 2015 with the theme, “Feeding the Planet. Energy for Life”. The UN Commissioner-General for Expo 2015, Mr. Eduardo Rojas-Briales, will participate in the official opening of the Expo, along with the Commissioners-General of some Continue reading

Vanuatu: one month on, thousands remain in need of water, food and shelter

17074723835_17a3f1cc6c_zAlmost one month after Cyclone Pam came through the archipelago of Vanuatu, the Government-­‐led response is in urgent need of funding to continue basic humanitarian relief efforts such as food, safe drinking water and shelter. The cyclone destroyed more than 90 per cent of crops, leaving a population that relies heavily on subsistence agriculture without Continue reading

FAO warns of 2050 deadline for dwindling water supplies

FAO water photoIn 2050 there will be enough water to help produce the food needed to feed a global population expected to top nine billion, but overconsumption, degradation and the impact of climate change will reduce water supplies in many regions, especially developing countries, FAO and the World Water Council (WWC) have warned in a paper published today. Continue reading

Food security projects give remote island communities long-term disaster resilience

Remote island communities in Fiji’s Yasawa Islands will be better prepared to have food supplies in times of disaster, even if their crops are destroyed. A new Food Bank project will help villages have a ready supply of food and water, with risk-resilient crops and farming techniques being introduced to help the communities become more resilient to climate change and disasters.  Continue reading

World Food Day

TPhoto: ©FAO/ Daniel Haydukhe 2014 World Food Day theme – Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth” – has been chosen to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers. It focuses world attention on the significant role of family farming in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas. Continue reading

CIT students take up the challenge to photograph global issues affecting family farming

IMG_4433a_miniUNIC Canberra joined the Canberra Institute of Technology to launch their 2014 Photography Competition, themed the “International Year of Family Farming” on the 18th of June. Continue reading

Family Farmers Infographic: Feeding the world, caring for the earth

Family farming is inextricably linked to national and global food security. Both in developing and developed countries, family farming is the predominant form of agriculture in the food production sector. Family farming includes all family-based agricultural activities, and it is linked to several areas of rural development.  Continue reading