Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum)

Emergencies and resilience

Webinar: Climate change, peace and food security. A holistic approach for a sustainable future

Disruptive weather patterns and climate change have a direct bearing on global food security, so a better understanding of such complex systems is crucial to fighting hunger and poverty.

During the virtual event "Climate change, peace and food security. A holistic approach for a sustainable future", the 2021 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Giorgio Parisi, will be invited to join the FAO Nobel Laureates Alliance for Food Security and Peace and will deliver a lecture entitled: "Science: the headlight on our future".

Parisi was awarded the Nobel prize for "the discovery of the interplay of disorder and fluctuations in physical systems from atomic to planetary scales".

The event will be opened by the Director-General, with interventions from Luigi Di Maio, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy, and Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday 19 January, 11:00 - 13:00 CET.

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FAO flagships

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021

In recent years, several major drivers have put the world off track to ending world hunger and malnutrition in all its forms by 2030. The challenges have grown with the COVID-19 pandemic and related containment measures. This report presents the first global assessment of food insecurity and...

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Surveys
HLPE

Local impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food security and nutrition - A survey by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE)

The HLPE has recently updated and extended its earlier analyses of the main trends affecting food systems that have resulted from COVID-19 and associated lockdowns. The present survey aims to complete this general analysis by allowing an understanding at finer geographical scales of the consequences of the pandemic for food security and nutrition.

Survey responses: 120

18-22 January: Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2021

The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) is an international conference on central issues of global agricultural and food policies, held in Berlin on an annual basis. The 2021 event will take place virtually on 18–22 January focusing on the topic of how can agriculture provide the world with food in the long-term for a balanced diet despite pandemics and climate change.

As in the past years, FAO will participate in the GFFA at several levels, including the following events:

CFS: Water and climate recommendations to feed the world
18 January 2021, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (CET)
The discussion, organized jointly by FAO and the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), will look at water as the primary medium through which we all feel the effects of climate change.
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Managing city region food systems – Enhancing strength and resilience against pandemics and climate change
19 January 2021, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. (CET)
The joint panel discussion of FAO and the Global Partnership on Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food Systems, will provide a forum for urban and national representatives to share experiences and review how the City Region Food Systems approach has helped them deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to define a vision on the way forward.
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How can innovation help strengthen the sustainability of food systems and prevent future pandemics?
19 January 2021, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (CET)
The panel will bring together a group of high-level policy makers, including FAO Director-General QU Dongyu, to discuss the impacts of the pandemic on food and agriculture and the role of innovation in this respect.
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Attending these virtual events is free of charge, it only requires prior registration through the GFFA website here.

Reports and briefs

Vulnerability of mountain peoples to food insecurity

This study, the third of its type published by FAO, adds further evidence that in mountain regions of developing countries, food insecurity, social isolation, environmental degradation, exposure to the risk of disasters and to the impacts of climate change, and limited access to basic services...

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FAO launches Food Coalition to lift food access, sustainable agri-food systems

The need for concerted action to prevent the COVID-19 international health emergency from triggering a catastrophic world food crisis received a welcome new tool today as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations formally launched the Food Coalition.

A "network of networks", the Food Coalition is a voluntary multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral alliance set up to support innovative initiatives to ensure global food access, increase the resilience of agri-food systems and put them on a more sustainable course.

First suggested by the Government of Italy and with more than 30 countries having already expressed interest in joining, it will support existing and future efforts to overcome the pandemic's disruptive impacts and help countries get back on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, particularly those of ending hunger and poverty.