Seeing the Connections: New estimates for undernourishment worldwide, donor commitments to the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program, World Food Day celebrations, and more.

Seeing the Connections: New estimates for undernourishment worldwide, donor commitments to the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program, World Food Day celebrations, and more.

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A roundup of current happenings in the agriculture, food security and nutrition community. 

New estimates by FAO, IFAD, WFP find that 870 million people worldwide are undernourished

This year’s report underscores the evidence that declines in income poverty do not necessarily result in improvements in the food security and nutrition status of the population.  Read the 2012 State of Food Insecurity in the World to find out more about the role of economic growth in reducing hunger, and the need for economic and agricultural growth to be nutrition-sensitive in order to lead to better nutritional outcomes for the poor.  As in previous editions, the report includes the new estimates of undernourishment based on a revised and improved methodology.  

Global Community recognizes World Food Day

October 16 is dedicated to World Food Day – a day that aims to increase global public awareness on the challenges of eliminating hunger, malnutrition and poverty. In line with the day’s theme of agricultural cooperatives, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated the role of these in improving food and nutrition security.  You can read more about the day’s events at FAO’s World Food Day page.

Among various events, World Food Day was also chosen as the launch date for many publications, including UNEP’s report, Avoiding Future Famines: Strengthening the Ecological Basis of Food Security through Sustainable Food Systems. The report argues that the resource base and ecosystem services supporting global agriculture are weakened, and offers possible solutions to create sustainable food systems that support the food and nutrition security of a growing world population. 

Sir Gordon Conway identifies innovation, market, people, and political leadership as critical to a food secure world

Sir Gordon Conway launched his new book, One Billion Hungry: Can we Feed the World? at the World Bank’s Infoshop in Washington, D.C. on 15 October. In his book, Sir Gordon lays out “four interconnected routes” that can contribute to a food secure world: innovation, markets, people and political leadership, while acknowledging the important role of agriculture for adequate nutrition among mothers and children.

 

New commitments made by donors to the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program

During last month’s International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group Annual Meetings hosted by Japan in Tokyo, donors pledged funds to the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program  (GAFSP) to expand its work in world’s poorest countries. The World Bank’s Vice President for Sustainable Development, Rachel Kyte, reported on this development in a recent blog, while acknowledging that GAFSP “also needs to support activities that have the greatest nutrition security outcomes”.

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