FAO in Geneva


Five years after the world committed to end hunger, food insecurity and all forms of malnutrition, we are still off track to achieve this objective by 2030. There are many threats to progress. The 2017 and 2018 editions of this report showed that conflict and climate variability and extremes undermine efforts to end hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition. In 2019, the report showed that economic slowdowns and downturns also undercut these efforts. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as unprecedented desert locust outbreaks in Eastern Africa, are obscuring global economic prospects in ways no one could have anticipated, and the situation may only get worse if we do not act urgently and take unprecedented action.
Read the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterrez Policy Brief "The Impact of COVID-19 on Food Security and Nutrition - June 2020". COVID-19 pandemic is a health and human crisis threatening the food security and nutrition of millions of people around the world. Hundreds of millions of people were already suffering from hunger and malnutrition before the virus hit and, unless immediate action is taken, we could see a global food emergency. In the longer term, the combined effects of COVID-19 itself, as well as corresponding mitigation measures and the emerging global recession could, without large-scale coordinated action, disrupt the functioning of food systems. Such disruption can result in consequences for health and nutrition of a severity and scale unseen for more than half a century.
In his opinion paper, Ahmad Mukhtar (Economist, FAOLOG) states that “Achieving Food Security is one of the most important public policy goals regardless of the level of development of a country. The challenges, however, are numerous including those beyond one’s control and territorial jurisdiction such as the climate change, conflicts and pandemics like the COVID-19. The solutions are there as well, but the most important ones such as the trade and technology need cross-border collaboration. This makes the Food Security a global problem with global solutions. Having food self-sufficiency may not be practical beyond a few countries.” The paper outlines Challenges (Climate Change, Conflicts, COVID-19) and Solutions (Territorial Productivity, Trade, Technology) for achieving a Global Food Security. It also proposes global actions such as the “Global Compact on Food Security”, “Global Agriculture Technology Pool”, and “Global Food Security Impact Bonds”.
The 2020 edition of The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture has a particular focus on sustainability. This reflects a number of specific considerations. First, 2020 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (the Code). Second, several Sustainable Development Goal indicators mature in 2020. Third, FAO hosted the International Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability in late 2019, and fourth, 2020 sees the finalization of specific
The United Nations Global COVID-19 Humanitarian Response Plan has been revised significantly upwards to reflect the increasingly urgent need to address non-health impacts of COVID-19. This document is the FAO’s component of the Global COVID-19 Humanitarian Response Plan by the UN Secretary General in which food security sector represents the largest component, for a total of USD 1.6 billion. As part of this, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is seeking USD 350 million to ensure the provision of critical assistance where there are already high levels of need, while meeting new needs emerging from the effects of COVID-19.
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