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Food security and nutrition and sustainable agriculture

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As the world population continues to grow, much more effort and innovation will be urgently needed in order to sustainably increase agricultural production, improve the global supply chain, decrease food losses and waste, and ensure that all who are suffering from hunger and malnutrition have access to nutritious food. Many in the international community believe that it is possible to eradicate hunger within the next generation, and are working together to achieve this goal.

World leaders at the 2012 Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) reaffirmed the right of everyone to have access to safe and nutritious food, consistent with the right to adequate food and the fundamental right of everyone to be free from hunger. The UN Secretary-General’s Zero Hunger Challenge launched at Rio+20 called on governments, civil society, faith communities, the private sector, and research institutions to unite to end hunger and eliminate the worst forms of malnutrition.

The Zero Hunger Challenge has since garnered widespread support from many member States and other entities. It calls for:

  • Zero stunted children under the age of two
  • 100% access to adequate food all year round
  • All food systems are sustainable
  • 100% increase in smallholder productivity and income
  • Zero loss or waste of food

The Sustainable Development Goal to “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture” (SDG2) recognizes the inter linkages among supporting sustainable agriculture, empowering small farmers, promoting gender equality, ending rural poverty, ensuring healthy lifestyles, tackling climate change, and other issues addressed within the set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Beyond adequate calories intake, proper nutrition has other dimensions that deserve attention, including micronutrient availability and healthy diets. Inadequate micronutrient intake of mothers and infants can have long-term developmental impacts. Unhealthy diets and lifestyles are closely linked to the growing incidence of non-communicable diseases in both developed and developing countries.

Adequate nutrition during the critical 1,000 days from beginning of pregnancy through a child’s second birthday merits a particular focus. The Scaling-Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement has made great progress since its creation five years ago in incorporating strategies that link nutrition to agriculture, clean water, sanitation, education, employment, social protection, health care and support for resilience.

Extreme poverty and hunger are predominantly rural, with smallholder farmers and their families making up a very significant proportion of the poor and hungry. Thus, eradicating poverty and hunger are integrally linked to boosting food production, agricultural productivity and rural incomes.

Agriculture systems worldwide must become more productive and less wasteful. Sustainable agricultural practices and food systems, including both production and consumption, must be pursued from a holistic and integrated perspective.

Land, healthy soils, water and plant genetic resources are key inputs into food production, and their growing scarcity in many parts of the world makes it imperative to use and manage them sustainably. Boosting yields on existing agricultural lands, including restoration of degraded lands, through sustainable agricultural practices would also relieve pressure to clear forests for agricultural production. Wise management of scarce water through improved irrigation and storage technologies, combined with development of new drought-resistant crop varieties, can contribute to sustaining drylands productivity.

Halting and reversing land degradation will also be critical to meeting future food needs. The Rio+20 outcome document calls for achieving a land-degradation-neutral world in the context of sustainable development. Given the current extent of land degradation globally, the potential benefits from land restoration for food security and for mitigating climate change are enormous. However, there is also recognition that scientific understanding of the drivers of desertification, land degradation and drought is still evolving.

There are many elements of traditional farmer knowledge that, enriched by the latest scientific knowledge, can support productive food systems through sound and sustainable soil, land, water, nutrient and pest management, and the more extensive use of organic fertilizers.

An increase in integrated decision-making processes at national and regional levels are needed to achieve synergies and adequately address trade-offs among agriculture, water, energy, land and climate change.

Given expected changes in temperatures, precipitation and pests associated with climate change, the global community is called upon to increase investment in research, development and demonstration of technologies to improve the sustainability of food systems everywhere. Building resilience of local food systems will be critical to averting large-scale future shortages and to ensuring food security and good nutrition for all.

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Draft Pacific Framework (February 2018) 28-Feb-2018
Summary of Global Consultation on Food Security Additional Resources 9-May-2013
2017 HLFP Thematic Review of SDG 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote… Background Notes 26-Apr-2017
Concept Note: State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020 (SOFI) Concept Notes 26-Jun-2020
E/CN.17/2000/3 - Multi-stakeholder dialogue on sustainable agriculture Meeting reports 17-Feb-2000
E/CN.17/2000/3/Add.1 - Discussion Paper contributed by the International Agri-Food Network Meeting reports 11-Feb-2000
E/CN.17/2000/3/Add.2 - Discussion Paper Prepared by the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (… Meeting reports 24-Feb-2000
E/CN.17/2000/3/Add.3 - Discussion Paper Prepared by the Trade Unions Meeting reports 2-Feb-2000
E/CN.17/2000/3/Add.4 - Discussion Paper Prepared by NGOs Meeting reports 11-Feb-2000
Africa Review Report on Agriculture and Rural Development Meeting reports 27-Aug-2007
Agriculture, Rural Development, Drought, Desertification and Land Issues Affecting Sustainable… Other documents 7-Dec-2007
SDG Industry Matrix - Food, Beverage and Consumer Goods Other documents 1-Mar-2016
UN-HABITAT - Urban and peri-urban agriculture and forestry as a strategy for climate change adaptation… Other documents 1-Feb-2013
Synthesis of the Thematic Reports on Agriculture and Land, Rural Development, Desertification and Drought - An… Other documents 12-Nov-2007
Draft Agenda - The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019 Other documents 30-May-2019
Thematic Report on Agriculture and Land - An Assessment of Asian and Pacific Progress Other documents 12-Nov-2007
UNEP Post 2015 Note #7: Environment for Food and Nutrition Security Other documents 14-May-2014
Cluster 2: Agriculture and food Other documents 28-Aug-2012
Inclusive Finance for Food Security and Rural Development: Challenges and Opportunities Other documents 21-May-2013
Bios of Speakers: State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020 (SOFI) Other documents 10-Jul-2020
Secretary General 's message on World Health Day Other documents 1-Jun-2015
ICN2 2014/2 - Rome Declaration on Nutrition Outcome Documents 1-Oct-2014
Milan Declaration on Enhancing Food Security and Climate Adaptation in Small Island Developing States, in… Outcome Documents 19-Oct-2015
Second ICN - Framework for Action Outcome Documents 1-Jun-2015
Outcome Document - Introduction to the Proposal of the Open Working Group for Sustainable Development Goals Outcome Documents 19-Jul-2014
E/ECA/CFSSD/8/18/Rev.1 - Outcome Document of the Africa Regional Implementation Meeting for the Twentieth Session of… Outcome Documents 21-Nov-2012
E/ECA/CFSSD/8/18/Rev.1 - Document final de la Réunion régionale d’application de l’Afrique en vue de la… Outcome Documents 21-Nov-2012
A/CONF.199/L.4 - Water, energy, health, agriculture and biodiversity: synthesis of the framework paper of the… Partnership Dialogues 22-Aug-2002
World Food Day Ceremony - 16 October 2015 - Expo Milano Auditorium, 11.45 – 12.40 Programme 7-Oct-2015
Agenda: State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020 (SOFI) Programme 7-Jul-2020
Programme on Ministerial Meeting on Food Security and Climate Adaptation in Small Island Developing States Programme 25-Sep-2015
A/RES/62/190 - Agricultural technology for development Resolutions and decisions 11-Feb-2008
A/RES/69/313- Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (Addis… Resolutions and decisions 15-Jul-2015
A/70/472 - Sustainable development: report of the Second Committee Resolutions and decisions 16-Dec-2015
A/70/472/Add.1 - Implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the… Resolutions and decisions 23-Dec-2015
A/70/478 - Agriculture development, food security and nutrition: Report of the Second Committee Resolutions and decisions 15-Dec-2015
A/68/308 - Agricultural technology for development Secretary-General Reports 19-Aug-2013
E/CN.17/2009/3 - Policy options and actions for expediting progress in implementation: Rural Development Secretary-General Reports 15-Dec-2008
A/76/216 - Agriculture technology for sustainable development Leaving no one behind Secretary-General Reports 3-Aug-2021
A/73/293 - Agriculture development, food security and nutrition Secretary-General Reports 2-Aug-2018
E/CN.17/2000/7/Add.3 - Sustainable agriculture and rural development: linkages between agriculture, land and… Secretary-General Reports 2-Feb-2000
A/71/283 - Agriculture development, food security and nutrition Secretary-General Reports 3-Aug-2016
A/68/311 - Agriculture development, food security and nutrition Secretary-General Reports 13-Aug-2013
E/CN.17/2008/3 - Agriculture Secretary-General Reports 22-Feb-2008
E/CN.17/2000/5 - Sustainable agriculture and rural development: trends in national implementation Secretary-General Reports 28-Jan-2000
E/CN.17/2000/5/Add.1 - Sustainable agriculture and rural development: trends in national implementation Secretary-General Reports 28-Jan-2000
A/72/216 - Agricultural technology for sustainable development Secretary-General Reports 25-Jul-2017
E/CN.17/2001/PC/13 - Agriculture, land and desertification Secretary-General Reports 29-Mar-2001
A/70/202 - United Nations Office for Partnerships Secretary-General Reports 18-Aug-2015
E/CN.17/1997/2/Add.13 - Promoting Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Secretary-General Reports 22-Jan-1997
A/67/294 - Agriculture development and food security (Advance unedited Copy) Secretary-General Reports 10-Aug-2012
A/72/303 - Agriculture development, food security and nutrition Secretary-General Reports 8-Aug-2017
E/CN.17/2000/7 - Sustainable agriculture and rural development Secretary-General Reports 2-Feb-2000
A/64/221 - Agriculture Development and Food Security Secretary-General Reports 3-Aug-2009
E/CN.17/1995/6 - Promoting Sustainable Agriculture Secretary-General Reports 6-Feb-1995
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A/69/279 - Agriculture development, food security and nutrition Secretary-General Reports 7-Aug-2014
E/CN.17/2000/7/Add.1 - Sustainable agriculture and rural development: urbanization and sustainable agriculture… Secretary-General Reports 2-Feb-2000
A/68/260 - Note by the SG on Implementation of the United Nations Environmental Conventions Secretary-General Reports 5-Aug-2013
A/64/258 - Agricultural Technology for Development Secretary-General Reports 6-Aug-2009
A/76/227 - Agriculture Development, Food Security and Nutrition: “Inclusive, green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic through agri-food systems transformation” Secretary-General Reports 3-Aug-2021
A/70/298 - Agricultural Technology for Development Secretary-General Reports 6-Aug-2015
A/65/253 - Agriculture Development and Food Security Secretary-General Reports 6-Aug-2010
E/CN.17/2000/7/Add.2 - Sustainable agriculture and rural development: biotechnology for sustainable… Secretary-General Reports 2-Feb-2000
Summary of Side Event - Biovision Side events 17-Jul-2014
TST Issues Brief: Sustainable Agriculture Technical Support Team (TST) Issues Briefs 10-May-2013
TST Issues Brief: Food Security and Nutrition Technical Support Team (TST) Issues Briefs 10-May-2013
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Micronesia Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Arab Group Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
A Role for Agroforestry in Sustainable Agriculture Agriculture 5-May-2008
Algeria Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Netherlands Agriculture 5-May-2008
Indonesia Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Russia Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Iran Agriculture 5-May-2008
Chile Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Netherlands Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Major Group: Business & Industry Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Argentina Agriculture 5-May-2008
Argentina Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Saudi Arabia Agriculture 5-May-2008
Iran Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
South Africa Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Israel Agriculture 5-May-2008
China Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Norway Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Major Group: Children & Youth Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Australia Agriculture 5-May-2008
Australia Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Japan Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Tonga Agriculture 5-May-2008
Switzerland Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Japan Agriculture 5-May-2008
European Union Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Oman Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
FAO Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Canada Agriculture 5-May-2008
Barbados Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Republic of Korea Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
United States of America Agriculture 5-May-2008
United States of America Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Marshall Islands Agriculture 5-May-2008
Fiji Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Palestine Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Major Group: Indigenous Peoples Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
European Union Agriculture 5-May-2008
Brazil Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
AOSIS Agriculture 5-May-2008
Marshall Islands Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
African Group Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Agriculture for Development Agriculture 5-May-2008
Ecoagriculture Landscapes: Towards a Green Strategy for Food Security Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Mexico Agriculture 5-May-2008
Group of 77 & China Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Papua New Guinea Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Major Group: NGOs Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
France Agriculture 5-May-2008
Cambodia Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Major Group: Workers & Trade Agriculture 5-May-2008
Mexico Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
AOSIS Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
China Agriculture: Challenge & Countermeasures Agriculture 5-May-2008
Strategies and Options for Agriculture in the Context of 21st Century Sustainability Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Micronesia Agriculture 5-May-2008
India Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Philippines Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Group of 77 & China Agriculture 5-May-2008
Canada Agriculture 24-Feb-2009
Morocco Agriculture and Rural Development 7-May-2008
Togo Agriculture and Rural Development 6-May-2008
European Union (Part 1) Agriculture and Rural Development 7-May-2008
India Agriculture and Rural Development 6-May-2008
Major Group: Women Agriculture and Rural Development 7-May-2008
Rural and Agriculture Finance Agriculture and Rural Development 7-May-2008
International Agriculture Trade and Access to Markets Agriculture and Rural Development 6-May-2008
South Africa Agriculture and Rural Development 7-May-2008
Pacific SIDS Agriculture and Rural Development 6-May-2008
European Union (Part 2) Agriculture and Rural Development 7-May-2008
Japan Agriculture and Rural Development 6-May-2008
Major Group: Workers & Trade Agriculture and Rural Development 7-May-2008
Algeria Agriculture and Rural Development 7-May-2008
Garden of Earthly Delights or Paradise Lost? Agriculture and Rural Development 6-May-2008
Trinidad & Tobago Agriculture and Rural Development 7-May-2008
Venezuela Agriculture and Rural Development 6-May-2008
Italy Agriculture and Rural Development 8-May-2008
Norway Agriculture and Rural Development 6-May-2008
Belarus Agriculture and Rural Development 7-May-2008
International Trade and Market Access Agriculture and Rural Development 6-May-2008
United States of America Agriculture and Rural Development 7-May-2008
Major Group: Children & Youth Agriculture and Rural Development 6-May-2008
Jamaica Agriculture and Rural Development 7-May-2008
Palestine Agriculture and Rural Development 6-May-2008
Canada Agriculture and Rural Development 7-May-2008
Land Degradation, Low Agricultural Productivity and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa -… Agriculture and Rural Development 6-May-2008
Major Group: Children & Youth Agriculture and Rural Development 7-May-2008
Major Group: Farmers Agriculture and Rural Development 6-May-2008
Japan Agriculture and Rural Development 7-May-2008
Switzerland Agriculture and Rural Development 6-May-2008
Côte d'Ivoire Agriculture and Rural Development 7-May-2008
Australia Agriculture and Rural Development 6-May-2008
Major Group: Science & Technology Agriculture and Rural Development 7-May-2008
Major Group: NGOs Agriculture and Rural Development 6-May-2008
Nigeria Agriculture and Rural Development 7-May-2008
Thailand Agriculture and Rural Development 6-May-2008
Czech Republic Agriculture and Rural Development 7-May-2008
Czech Republic Agriculture and Rural Development 6-May-2008
UNCCD Agriculture and Rural Development 7-May-2008
Non-farm Activities, Including Agribusiness Agriculture and Rural Development 7-May-2008
Panel and Plenary Discussions on Agriculture, Land and Rural Development Asia and the Pacific 6-May-2008
Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Closing Session 14-Oct-2015
Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Closing Session 14-Oct-2015
Major Groups: NGOs, Women, Indigenous Peoples, Children and Youth Co-chairs' meetings with Major Groups 19-Jun-2014
Peru and Mexico Debate on Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent work for all, Health and population dynamics 1-Apr-2014
Sweden Debate on Water and sanitation, Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 1-Apr-2014
Montenegro and Slovenia Debate on Water and sanitation, Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 1-Apr-2014
Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) Debate on Water and sanitation, Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 1-Apr-2014
Australia, The Netherlands and United Kingdom Debate on Water and sanitation, Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 1-Apr-2014
Canada, Israel and United States of America Debate on Water and sanitation, Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 1-Apr-2014
Colombia and Guatemala Debate on Water and sanitation, Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 1-Apr-2014
Iran Debate on Water and sanitation, Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 2-Apr-2014
Brazil and Nicaragua Debate on Water and sanitation, Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 2-Apr-2014
Egypt Debate on Water and sanitation, Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 1-Apr-2014
Sri Lanka Debate on Water and sanitation, Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 1-Apr-2014
France, Germany and Switzerland Debate on Water and sanitation, Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 1-Apr-2014
Jordan Debate on Water and sanitation, Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 1-Apr-2014
Qatar Debate on Water and sanitation, Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 2-Apr-2014
Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador Debate on Water and sanitation, Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 1-Apr-2014
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Debate on Water and sanitation, Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 2-Apr-2014
Cyprus, Singapore and United Arab Emirates Debate on Water and sanitation, Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 1-Apr-2014
Finland Debate on Water and sanitation, Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 3-Apr-2014
Bhutan, Thailand and Viet Nam Debate on Water and sanitation, Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 1-Apr-2014
China, Indonesia and Kazakhstan Debate on Water and sanitation, Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 1-Apr-2014
Italy, Spain and Turkey Debate on Water and sanitation, Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 1-Apr-2014
Bulgaria and Croatia Debate on Water and sanitation, Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 1-Apr-2014
Denmark, Ireland and Norway Debate on Water and sanitation, Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 1-Apr-2014
Biovision Foundation Dialogue with Major Groups 7-May-2014
Poland and Romania Food and agriculture 23-May-2013
International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) Food and agriculture 23-May-2013
Montenegro and Slovenia Food and agriculture 22-May-2013
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Food and agriculture 24-May-2013
Troika (Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan) Food and agriculture 22-May-2013
Cyprus, Singapore and United Arab Emirates Food and agriculture 22-May-2013
Inter-Parliamentaru Union (IPU) Food and agriculture 24-May-2013
Troika (Turkey, Italy and Spain) Food and agriculture 22-May-2013
Bulgaria and Croatia Food and agriculture 22-May-2013
Troika (Kazakhstan, China and Indonesia) Food and agriculture 22-May-2013
Serbia Food and agriculture 22-May-2013
Korea Food and agriculture 23-May-2013
Dominican Republic Food and agriculture 23-May-2013
Troika (Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan) Food and agriculture 22-May-2013
Holy See Food and agriculture 23-May-2013
Canada, Israel and United States of America Food and agriculture 22-May-2013
Summary: High-level Segment Roundtable 3 Integrated Land & Water Management for… Land, Water, Agriculture & Rural Development 13-May-2009
Stakeholder Group on Ageing Major Groups 2-Apr-2014
Biovision Foundation for Ecological Development Major Groups 2-Apr-2014
Cyprus, Singapore and United Arab Emirates Member States comments regarding working document 5-May-2014
Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Opening Session 14-Oct-2015
Zambia on behalf of the Southern African Group Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Uruguay Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Italy, Spain and Turkey Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
France, Germany and Switzerland Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Japan Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Montenegro and Slovenia Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Egypt Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 6-May-2014
Iran Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Benin, Burkina Faso, France, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Germany, Mongolia, Namibia, and… Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Cyprus, Singapore and United Arab Emirates Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Denmark, Ireland and Norway Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
India Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 6-May-2014
South Africa Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Sweden Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Bangladesh Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Australia, the Netherlands and United Kingdom Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Group of 77 and China Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Bhutan, Thailand and Viet Nam Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Belarus Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Southern Africa Region Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
European Union and its Member States Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Canada, Israel and United States of America Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Palau Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Ethiopia Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Poland and Romania Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Bhutan, Thailand and Viet Nam Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Bulgaria and Croatia Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Austria Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Tunisia Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Brazil and Nicaragua Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
China, Indonesia and Kazakhstan Poverty eradication; Sustainable agriculture, food security, and nutrition 5-May-2014
Mr. Maximo Torero, Chief Economist, FAO Presentations 17-Jul-2020
Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Session 1 14-Oct-2015
Ms. Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director ­‐ General Natural Resources, FAO Session 1 22-Oct-2015
Mr. Simone Libralato, Oceanography Unit, Italian National Institute of Oceanography and… Session 2 22-Oct-2015
Mr. Milton Haughton, Executive Director, Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism Session 2 22-Oct-2015
Mr. Mukesh Rughoo, Executive Secretary, CropLife Mauritius Session 2 22-Oct-2015
Mr. Ramasamy Selvaraju, Natural Resources Officer, FAO Session 2 22-Oct-2015
Mr. Einar Bjorgo, Program Manager, UNOSAT Program, UNITAR Session 3 22-Oct-2015
Ms. Xianfu Lu, Team Lead, Adaptation - Impacts, Vulnerability and Risks, UNFCCC… Session 3 22-Oct-2015
Mr. Andrea Di Vecchia, Italian Biometeorology Institute, Italian National Research… Session 3 22-Oct-2015
H.E. Mr. Carl Greenidge, Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guyana Session 4 22-Oct-2015
Dr. Paula Vivili, Director, Public Health Division, Secretariat of the Pacific Community… Session 5 22-Oct-2015
Dr. Isabella Francis - Granderson, Lecturer, Nutrition and Dietetics, Univeristy of… Session 5 22-Oct-2015
Ms. Monica Jain, Executive Director, Fish 2.0 Session 7 22-Oct-2015
Mr. Fabio Attorre, Professor, Department of Environmental Biology, University of Rome Session 7 22-Oct-2015
Agro-tourism - Revitalizing agriculture and rural development SIDS 12-May-2008
Briefing to the EU: Agricultural Technology for Development, Old Issue, New Context:… Statements 19-Jan-2009
Together 2030 Statements 12-Jul-2016
Briefing to the EU: Agriculture Development & Food Security: Briefing on the SG's Report… Statements 19-Jan-2009

Milestones

  • January 2015 SDG 2
    SDG2 focuses on ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture. In particular, its targets aims to: end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round by 2030 (2.1); end all forms of malnutrition by 2030, including achieving, by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age, and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons (2.2.); double,by 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment (2.3); ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality (2.4); by 2020, maintain the genetic diversity of seeds, cultivated plants and farmed and domesticated animals and their related wild species, including through soundly managed and diversified seed and plant banks at the national, regional and international levels, and promote access to and fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge, as internationally agreed (2.5); The alphabetical goals aim to: increase investment in rural infrastructure, agricultural research and extension services, technology development and plant and livestock gene banks , correct and prevent trade restrictions and distortions in world agricultural markets as well as adopt measures to ensure the proper functioning of food commodity markets and their derivatives and facilitate timely access to market information, including on food reserves, in order to help limit extreme food price volatility.
  • The Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) took place at FAO Headquarters, in Rome in November 2014. The Conference resulted in the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and the Framework for Action, a political commitment document and a flexible policy framework, respectively, aimed at addressing the current major nutrition challenges and identifying priorities for enhanced international cooperation on nutrition.
  • In Future We Want, Member States reaffirm their commitments regarding "the right of everyone to have access to safe, sufficient and nutritious food, consistent with the right to adequate food and the fundamental right of everyone to be free from hunger". Member States also acknowledge that food security and nutrition has become a pressing global challenge. At Rio +20, the UN Secretary-General’s Zero Hunger Challenge was launched in order to call on governments, civil society, faith communities, the private sector, and research institutions to unite to end hunger and eliminate the worst forms of malnutrition.
  • The UN SG HLTF on Food and Nutrition Security was established by the UN SG, Mr Ban Ki-moon in 2008 and since then has aimed at promoting a comprehensive and unified response of the international community to the challenge of achieving global food and nutrition security. It has also been responsible for building joint positions among its members around the five elements of the Zero Hunger Challenge.
  • The World Food Summit +5 adopted a declaration, calling on the international community to fulfill the pledge, made at the original World Food Summit in 1996, to reduce the number of hungry people to about 400 million by 2015.
  • January 2000 MDG 1
    MDG 1 aims at eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. Its three targets respectively read: halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income is less than $1.25 a day (1.A), achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people (1.B), halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger (1.C).
  • The Summit aimed to reaffirm global commitment, at the highest political level, to eliminate hunger and malnutrition, and to achieve sustainable food security for all. Thank to its high visibility, the Summit contributed to raise further awareness on agriculture capacity, food insecurity and malnutrition among decision-makers in the public and private sectors, in the media and with the public at large. It also set the political, conceptual and technical blueprint for an ongoing effort to eradicate hunger at global level with the target of reducing by half the number of undernourished people by no later than the year 2015. The Rome Declaration defined seven commitments as main pillars for the achievement of sustainable food security for all whereas its Plan of Action identified the objectives and actions relevant for practical implementation of these seven commitments.
  • January 1992 1st ICN
    The first International Conference on Nutrition (ICN) convened at the FAO's Headquarters in Rome to identify common strategies and methods to eradicate hunger and malnutrition. The conference was organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and was attended by delegations from 159 countries as well as the European Economic Community, 16 United Nations organizations, 11 intergovernmental organizations, and 144 non-governmental organizations.
  • Since 1986, AGROSTAT, now known as FAOSTAT, has provided cross sectional data relating to food and agriculture as well as time-series for some 200 countries.
  • January 1979 1st World Food Day
    World Food Day is celebrated each year on 16 October to commemorate the day on which FAO was founded in 1945. Established on the occasion of FAO Twentieth General Conference held in November 1979, the first World Food Day was celebrated in 1981 and was devoted to the theme "Food Comes First".