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38 countries meet anti-hunger targets for 2015

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12 June 2013, Rome - Thirty-eight countries have met internationally-established targets in the fight against hunger, chalking up successes ahead of a deadline set for 2015, FAO confirmed today.

“These countries are leading the way to a better future. They are proof that with strong political will, coordination and cooperation, it is possible to achieve rapid and lasting reductions in hunger,” FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said.

Graziano da Silva urged all countries to keep up the momentum, aiming for the complete eradication of hunger, in keeping with the Zero Hunger Challenge launched in 2012 by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Globally almost 870 million chronically undernourished - new hunger report

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9 October 2012, Rome - Nearly 870 million people, or one in eight, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012, according to the new UN hunger report released today.

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012 (SOFI), jointly published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP), presents better estimates of chronic undernourishment based on an improved methodology and data for the last two decades.

The vast majority of the hungry, 852 million, live in developing countries -- around 15 percent of their population -- while 16 million people are undernourished in developed countries.

The global number of hungry people declined by 132 million between 1990-92 and 2010-12, or from 18.6 percent to 12.5 percent of the world's population, and from 23.2 percent to 14.9 percent in developing countries - putting the MDG target within reach if adequate, appropriate actions are taken.

The number of hungry declined more sharply between 1990 and 2007 than previously believed. Since 2007-2008, however, global progress in reducing hunger has slowed and leveled off.

"In today's world of unprecedented technical and economic opportunities, we find it entirely unacceptable that more than 100 million children under five are underweight, and therefore unable to realize their full human and socio-economic potential, and that childhood malnutrition is a cause of death for more than 2.5 million children every year," say José Graziano da Silva, Kanayo F. Nwanze and Ertharin Cousin, respectively the Heads of FAO, IFAD and WFP, in a foreword to the report.

First-ever address by an FAO Director-General to the G20 Leaders’ Summit

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San José del Cabo, México, 19 de junio 2012 - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva urged world leaders to maintain food and nutritional security as a priority on the G20 agenda in the years to come.

Speaking during the plenary of the G20 Leaders' Summit, Graziano da Silva said: "Hunger is a persistent problem affecting over 900 million human beings worldwide", adding: "The efforts of all G20 members to improve food security must be similarly persistent, even in times of financial crisis."

Near Eastern Trust Fund for food security proposed

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17 May 2012, Rome - FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today proposed the creation of a Near Eastern Trust Fund to advance food security in the region.

Addressing the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East, Graziano da Silva noted that FAO, at the request African Member Countries, was helping draw up an African Food Security Trust Fund, in which civil society and the private sector were also due to participate.

"A similar effort could also exist in the Near East," he declared.

North Korea harvest improves - But serious nutrition concerns persist

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25 November  2011, Rome – An assessment conducted by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) indicates an improvement in the main annual harvest for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) compared to 2010 but highlights ongoing concerns over the nutrition situation, particularly among young children.

World hunger report 2011: High, volatile prices set to continue

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10 October 2011, Rome - Food price volatility featuring high prices is likely to continue and possibly increase, making poor farmers, consumers and countries more vulnerable to poverty and food insecurity, the United Nations' three Rome-based agencies said in the global hunger report published today.  

IFAD President to meet with senior leaders in Beijing: Food security and rural poverty on discussion agenda

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Rome, 15 July 2011 - The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kanayo F. Nwanze, will arrive in Beijing, China on 18 July to meet senior government officials. During his stay in the country, Nwanze will visit the IFAD-supported South Gansu Poverty Reduction Programme in the remote mountainous area of the middle-southern part of Gansu Province, home to some of the poorest segments of Chinese society. The objective of the programme is to increase the food security and incomes of the rural poor people, by increasing agricultural production and access to rural financial services, education and health.
 

UN aid for Cotabato seen

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – Still reeling from a flood-triggered state of calamity, affected residents here are regaining optimism for normal life amid an announcement by city officials that some United Nations (UN) relief agencies have expressed intention to help the victims recover from the ruins of the inundation – socially and economically.

The 34 of the city’s 37 villages were inundated by floodwaters the past three weeks after the vast Rio Grande de Mindanao overflowed due to torrential rains aggravated by the influx of huge chunks of water hyacinths that clogged the footings of the Delta Bridge in this city.

DPR Korea: UN launches emergency operation to avoid food shortages

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5 July 2011 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched an emergency food supply operation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to assist some 3.5 million vulnerable children, mothers, and elderly persons, the agency said today.

Emilia Casella, a WFP spokesperson, told a news briefing in Geneva that the agency had participated in an assessment of food needs in the DPRK in March, which concluded that “a bitter winter, crop loss and a lack of financial resources meant that the country was unable to secure cereal supplies from abroad although it needed them to supplement the local production.”

DPR Korea: UN launches emergency operation to avoid food shortages

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 5 July 2011 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched an emergency food supply operation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to assist some 3.5 million vulnerable children, mothers, and elderly persons, the agency said today.

Emilia Casella, a WFP spokesperson, told a news briefing in Geneva that the agency had participated in an assessment of food needs in the DPRK in March, which concluded that “a bitter winter, crop loss and a lack of financial resources meant that the country was unable to secure cereal supplies from abroad although it needed them to supplement the local production.”

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