Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Monitoring Progress and Action in the Fight Against Hunger
Wife of the local workman on the FAO-assisted water management project at Ciwidey village in western Java,Indonesia -- Photo credit: FAO/16280/P. Johnson


One of the most effective strategies in fighting hunger is to start with good information. FAO helps its member nations by serving as a knowledge network. It tracks where hungry people live and identifies what causes their hunger. It compiles statistics, publishes papers and facilitates access to databases, maps and other resources.

Following the WFS, many people called for better information about hunger. One response was the annual publication of The State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI), which charts trends and statistics on hunger.

As an inter-agency response, the Food Insecurity and Vulnerability Information and Mapping Systems initiative (FIVIMS) aims to better coordinate the collection of data on the national and international level, agree on best practices and link information to action.

These tools also help nations to meet the Millennium Development Goals.

FAO in the field
Fact sheets on hunger
Online photos
The State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI)
Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture (GIEWS)
World Agricultural Information Centre (WAICENT)
FAO's Statistics division
Rome Declaration on World Food Security
WFS Plan of Action
Mobilizing the political will and resources to banish world hunger (technical background papers from WFS:fyl)
The State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA, 2003-2004)
The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA, 2002)
The State of the World's Forests
(SOFO, 2003)
The State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI, 2005)
Implementation of the WFS Plan of Action, FAO Council, June 2003
Special Programme for Food Security, Responding to New Challenges
Anti-hunger programme paper
Committee on World Food Security (CFS) documents (2003)
Critical role of financing for food, agriculture and rural development (joint paper by FAO, IFAD and WFP)
International Alliance Against Hunger (leaflet in PDF)
Guidelines for national alliances against hunger
World agriculture: towards 2015/2030
NEPAD's Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme

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