The latest in the State of the World collection


The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018, one of the five flagship reports that constitute FAO’s The State of the World, was published on 11 September, signaling a rise in world hunger and pointing out the role of climate change as one of the key drivers behind the increase.

This annual publication, which monitors progress towards ending hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition, was completely recast in 2017 in order to better align its reporting with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Since last year, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have joined The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) as FAO’s partners in this effort.

The main report will be followed by Regional Overviews of Food Security And Nutrition, which provide a more detailed picture of the situation in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Near East and North Africa.

Also published in September, the biennial report on The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets focuses on the complex and underexplored intersections between agricultural trade, climate change and food security.

Earlier this year saw the publication of the 2018 editions of The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture and The State of the World’s Forests, both published every two years, which focused this year on each sector’s respective roles in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The State of Food and Agriculture – to be released in conjunction with the 45th Committee on World Food Security (15−19 October 2018, Rome) − will examine the linkages between migration, agriculture and rural development.

Individually considered as FAO’s leading publications within their respective domains, together these reports provide a comprehensive overview of the most pressing global issues and challenges affecting the world today, not only for decision-makers and experts, but for anyone interested in understanding the state of our world.