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FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia

Launch of the Europe and Central Asia Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition

Budapest, Hungary, 11/12/2018 - 11/12/2018

Europe and Central Asia encompasses great economic, social and environmental diversity, its countries are facing various food security and nutrition challenges. While they have made significant progress in reducing the prevalence of undernourishment over the past two decades, new evidence shows a stagnation of this trend, particularly in Central Asia.

Malnutrition – undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, and overweight and obesity – is present to varying degrees in all countries of the region. Often, all three forms coexist , creating what is called the “triple burden of malnutrition.”

On 11 December, 5.20-6.50 pm, FAO presents the “Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition in Europe and Central Asia 2018”, at Corvinus University, Budapest, with special focus on the role of migration, rural women and youth in sustainable development. The in-depth analysis provides new evidence for monitoring trends in food security and nutrition, and progress made against specific targets of the Sustainable Development Goal 2.

Tentative programme

  1. Welcoming words – Laszlo Csicsmann (Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and International Relations, BCE)
  2. Keynote speech – Vladimir Rakhmanin (Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative, FAO)
  3. Short presentation of the report’s main findings – Ariella Glinni (senior agricultural policy officer, FAO)
  4. Voices from the field – video messages from Central Asia on youth, gender and migration 
  5. Questions and answers – Laszlo Csicsmann, Vladimir Rakhmanin, Yuriko Shoji (Deputy Regional Representative, FAO), Ariella Glinni, Cheng Fang (economist, FAO) 
  6. Closing remarks