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2021

Global Report on Food Crises 2021

The 2021 Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC) highlights the remarkably high severity and numbers of people in Crisis or worse (IPC/CH Phase 3 or above) or equivalent in 55 countries/territories, driven by persistent conflict, pre-existing and COVID-19-related economic shocks, and weather extremes. The number identified in the 2021 edition is the highest in the report’s five-year existence. The report is produced by the Global Network against Food Crises, an international alliance working to address the root causes of extreme hunger. FAO is a founding partner of the Global Network together with the EU and WFP.

Tool

2021

Food Loss and Food Waste Database

The Food Loss and Waste database is the largest online collection of data on both food loss and food waste and causes reported throughout the literature. The database contains data and information from openly accessible reports and studies measuring food loss and waste across food products, stages of the value chain, and geographical areas. In October 2019, more than 480 publications and reports from various sources (e.g., subnational reports, academic studies, and reports from national and international organizations such as the World Bank, GIZ, FAO, IFPRI, and other sources), which have produced more than 20 thousand data points, were included. Data [...]

Briefs

2021

Food security and nutrition information systems to enhance resilience of rural households in Yemen. Strengthening food security and acute malnutrition analysis for improved decision making

After more than five years of protracted conflict, Yemen continues to face an unprecedented humanitarian, social and economic crisis. Conflict, displacement and economic decline are placing immense pressure on essential basic services and the institutions that provide them. Humanitarian needs have sharply increased across all sectors since the escalation of the conflict in 2015, which has exacerbated pre-existing vulnerabilities, degraded community resilience and accelerated the collapse of public institutions. Due to the need for reliable and timely food security and nutrition information to inform decision-making at the national and governorate levels, FAO and the Yemeni Government, with support from the [...]

Briefs

2021

Combining nutrition education and rural livelihood support in Kenya

The arid and semi-arid areas (ASALs) of Kenya cover nearly 84 percent of the national land and thus present an enormous potential contribution to national agricultural production as well as basic food and income for farmers residing in these areas. About three in every ten Kenyan children aged below two years are stunted. According to the Kenya Demographic Health Survey conducted in 2014, Kitui county and West Pokot county had the highest stunting rates nationally at almost 46 percent. This is against a national average stunting rate of 26 percent.There have been multiple past projects in Kitui county that aimed [...]

Issue paper

2021

Thinking ahead: Drought resilience and COVID-19

COVID-19 is a defining moment for strengthening drought resilience of society and managing ecosystems more sustainably. Both recent and historical experiences indicate that disease outbreaks very often follow extreme weather events. Drought, combined with other ecosystem changes such as habitat degradation, preceded the COVID-19 outbreak and has been associated with many other types of epidemics in the past. This paper highlights that the interactions between human, ecosystems and ecology often govern drought-linked disease. Factoring these interactions and their impacts on vulnerable communities and their environment is important for drought preparedness, resilience, and recovery. It also calls for increased investments and [...]

Training & e-learning

2021

New elearning courses: Right to Food e-learning

A primer to the right to adequate foodThis course is part of the e-learning curriculum "Right to Food in Practice" and it introduces the principles and concept of the human right to adequate food and its practical application.The course also provides an overview of the historical development of this human right, the human rights based approach to development, recourse mechanisms, the Right to Food Guidelines and describes the rights, obligations and responsibilities of rights-holders and duty-bearers of the right to food.The course is available in English, French and Spanish. Methodologies for implementing the right to foodThis course is part of the [...]

Video

2021

Consumers can make a difference towards more sustainable agri-food ystems

Consumer organizations represent the interests and concerns of consumers. They empower and increase consumers’ understanding of their rights, including the right to adequate food. Consumers can influence the sustainable transformation of our agri-food systems by: supporting fair trade to foster equality and stronger economies, demanding food safey and access to healthy and nutritious diets; adopting healthy and nutritious diets; supporting the sustainable use and preservation of our natural resources. Consumers have a key role in changing our agri-food systems to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Also available in Spanish.

Video

2021

FAO´s Right to Food Guidelines, a powerful policy tool to end hunger and achieve the SDGs.

Food is a human right. Yet hundreds of millions are still going to bed hungry. FAO´s Right to Food Guidelines recommend how to take action, so that everyone has access to sufficient, safe, nutritious and affordable food every day. The Guidelines are a powerful policy tool to end hunger and malnutrition in all its forms.Many countries are taking steps in line with these guidelines. Some are examples are:    In 45 countries, the right to food is recognized by their Constitutions.    In Indonesia, indigenous peoples´access to natural resources and their ancestral forets is legally guaranteed.    In Sierra Leone, rural communities took [...]

Report

2021

Africa regional overview of food security and nutrition 2020. Transforming food systems for affordable healthy diets

Africa is not on track to meet the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 targets to end hunger and ensure access by all people to safe, nutritious, and sufficient food all year round and to end all forms of malnutrition. The number of hungry people on the continent has risen by 47.9 million since 2014 and now stands at 250.3 million, or nearly one-fifth of the population. The 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions of this report explain that this gradual deterioration of food security was due to conflict, weather extremes, and economic slowdowns and downturns, often overlapping. A continued worsening of [...]

Case study

2021

Indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants and climate change in Latin America – Ten scalable experiences of intercultural collaboration

This publication presents ten scalable intercultural collaboration experiences that demonstrate the importance, efficiency and effectiveness of working hand in hand with men, women and youth of indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean in the search for practical solutions developed from the synergy between ancestral knowledge and scientific and technological innovation.Indigenous peoples and Afro-descendants are two of the rural groups with the greatest potential to contribute to climate change mitigation in Latin America. Both groups are highly vulnerable to natural disasters and the effects of climate on agriculture and food, yet their ancestral knowledge and collective territorial [...]
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