Food Security

Food Security
Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition 2017

This year’s report illustrates progress towards meeting SDG2 and calls for a more holistic approach to fostering food security, including through stronger institutions in conflict areas. Between 2015 and 2016, the prevalence of undernourishment appears to have risen from 20.8 to 22.7 percent in sub-Saharan Africa after a prolonged decline. This increase can be attributed to adverse climatic...

Asia and the Pacific Regional Overview of Food Insecurity 2017: Investing in Food Systems for Better Nutrition

This report focuses on the latest trends on food and nutrition security in Asia and the Pacific. Authors warn that the number of malnourished people in the region is on the rise because the availability of nutritious foods is inadequate in many countries and the consumption of food items considered unhealthy is also on the rise. Consequently, stunting among children below the age of five...

National Food Security Assessment through the Analysis of Food Consumption Data from Household Consumption and Expenditure Surveys: The Case of Brazil’s Pesquisa de Orçamento Familiares 2008/09

This report shows that failing to account for food consumed for free at school may significantly distort the assessment of the distribution of food consumption among households, and therefore the assessment of the extent of food insecurity, in Brazil. The results of the analysis, based on food consumption data from the 2008/09, enable a revision of the FAO estimate of the Prevalence of...

Global Nutrition Report 2017

This year’s Global Nutrition report (GNR) shows that, in spite of progress, 155 million children globally are still stunted and the world is off track on meeting internationally agreed nutrition targets. Financing to tackle malnutrition is alarmingly low. Donors spend less than 1 percent of overseas aid on nutrition, and countries allocate between 1 and 2 percent of their health budgets to the...

3rd International Conference on Global Food Security

December 3 - 6: The DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security and the Universities of Pretoria and the Western Cape will host this conference to discuss five core themes reflecting an integrated approach to identifying solutions to the complex global challenge of food security: Food creation, Food safety and bio security, Food loss and waste, Food in a changing society, and Food...

The 1.5 Billion People Question: Food, Vouchers, or Cash Transfers?

This book explores how to integrate the agendas of social protection and food assistance, focusing on learning from countries’ experiences using food, vouchers, or cash transfers, and underscoring the pivotal role of food security as central to any poverty response. Countries are increasingly moving from in-kind provisions to cash-based transfers, often with vouchers as an intermediate step....

Urban Diets and Nutrition: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities for Policy Action

The policy brief looks at the challenge of providing healthy diets in urban environments by presenting eight policy recommendations integrating actions from food, agriculture, and nutrition: (1) make high-quality diets a priority, (2) empower urban policymakers to champion better diets, (3) capitalize on the opportunities offered by urban food systems, (4) connect infrastructure, housing,...

2017 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium/World Food Prize

October 18 - 20: The 2017 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium will convene international leaders, farmers, agribusiness executives, non-governmental organizations, and development experts to talk about the entrepreneurial spirit of farmers, and the ability of agriculture to provide health, wealth, and stability at the personal level and at the international level. This year's theme, "The...

State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) 2017: Leveraging Food Systems for Inclusive Rural Transformation

The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) 2017 analyzes the rural transformations now underway in low-income countries, their impact on food systems, and the opportunities and challenges they present to millions of small-scale food producers. It underscores the fact that rural transformation does not automatically reduce poverty or improve food security. To foster rural development, policies...

An Overview of Links Between Obesity and Food Systems: Implications for the Agriculture GP Agenda

This literature review discusses direct and indirect policies affecting diets with a focus on overweight and obesity. It is an initial attempt to better understand how agriculture and food systems can mitigate against the rising incidence of overweight and obesity, and to do so by presenting evidence-based interventions in the sector. The authors explore the link between diet quality and the...

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