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Agricultural production will have to increase by an estimated 50 percent by 2050 to meet the needs of a growing population.
About 2 billion adults are overweight. Of these over 650 million are obese.
815 million people go hungry, up from 777 million in 2015.
Stunting affects 155 million children under the age of five.
17% of the world’s livestock breeds are at risk of extinction.
Just 3 crops – wheat, maize and rice – make up near half the world’s average daily calorie intake.

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture 

There is more than enough food produced today to feed everyone, yet about 815 million people are chronically undernourished, and malnutrition affects around one in three people on the planet.

Among the great challenges the world faces is how to ensure that a growing global population - projected to rise to around 10 billion by 2050 – has enough quality food to meet their nutritional needs for a healthy life. This for a planet experiencing increasing water and land scarcity, soil, land and biodiversity degradation and more frequent and severe weather events. The impact of climate change on agriculture compounds the situation.

Achieving food security requires an integrated approach that addresses all forms of malnutrition, the productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, resilience of food systems and the sustainable use of biodiversity and genetic resources.

FAO works with governments and partners to promote and monitor food security, nutrition and sustainable agricultural practices for millions of people around the world.

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FAO Publications

Achieving Zero Hunger: The Critical Role of Investments in Social Protection and Agriculture

This paper provides estimates of investment costs, both public and private, required to eliminate chronic dietary energy deficits, or to achieve zero hunger by 2030[...]

The State of Food and Agriculture 2017 

One of the greatest challenges today is to end hunger and poverty while making agriculture and food systems sustainable. The challenge is daunting because of continued population growth, profound changes in food demand[...]

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017

The international community is committed to ending hunger and all forms of malnutrition worldwide by 2030. While much progress has been made, conflict and human-induced and natural disasters are causing setbacks[...]

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