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G8 land deal to boost land rights in Ethiopia

G8 land deal to boost land rights in Ethiopia

Government of Ethiopia partners with the G8 to improve land governance. The Governments announced agreeing to enter a land country partnership to work together to improve rural land governance for economic growth and to protect the land rights of local citizens in Ethiopia

Sustainable food systems vital to end hunger, malnutrition, UN says on World Food Day

Sustainable food systems vital to end hunger, malnutrition, UN says on World Food Day

Efficient, well-managed and sustainable food systems are essential to end hunger and malnutrition as well as protect the environment, United Nations officials stressed today, marking World Food Day.

Despite threat of strike, FAO defends staffing reforms to cut costs

Despite threat of strike, FAO defends staffing reforms to cut costs

Staff at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization seem ready to go on strike, most likely during the Committee on World Food Security slated for next week at the organization’s headquarters in Rome.

Global hunger down, but millions still chronically hungry

Global hunger down, but millions still chronically hungry

842 million people undernourished in 2011-13 - Developing countries make progress but more efforts needed to reach MDG target

A hotter world is a hungrier world warns Oxfam ahead of IPCC report

A hotter world is a hungrier world warns Oxfam ahead of IPCC report

Climate change will leave families caught in a vicious spiral of falling incomes, rising food prices, and declining quality of food, leading to a devastating impact on the health of millions, Oxfam warns today.

Support to agriculture rising after hitting historic lows, OECD says

Government support for agriculture in the world’s leading farming nations rose during 2012, bucking a long-term downward trend and reversing historic lows recorded in 2011, according to the latest version of an annual OECD report.

Food waste harms climate, water, land and biodiversity – new FAO report

Food waste harms climate, water, land and biodiversity – new FAO report

11 September 2013, Rome - The waste of a staggering 1.3 billion tonnes of food per year is not only causing major economic losses but also wreaking significant harm on the natural resources that humanity relies upon to feed itself, says a new FAO report.

A massive underground lake found in Kenya could supply the country with fresh water for 70 years

A massive underground lake found in Kenya could supply the country with fresh water for 70 years

A colossal aquifer — an underground layer of water-bearing permeable rock, gravel, sand or silt from which groundwater can be extracted — has been discovered in the parched, drought-stricken plains of Kenya, and it holds enough fresh water to provide Kenya’s supply for the next 70 years.

The G20 Leaders Declaration has been published

The G20 Leaders Declaration has been published

The G20 Leaders Declaration has been published following the G20 Summit in St.Petersburg.

Save food campaign Asia-Pacific kicked off

Save food campaign Asia-Pacific kicked off

The Save Food Asia-Pacific Campaign seeks to raise awareness about the high levels of food losses - particularly post-harvest losses - and the growing problem of food waste in the region.



Expert Views on Food Security

Epicenters: Do Everything At Once Epicenters: Do Everything At Once
How can resource-poor countries in Africa provide these services – reliably and affordably – in remote rural areas? And how can the deeply entrenched gender barriers that hold women back be transformed?

How Africa can feed itself in the face of climate change
Climate change predictions show a very bleak future for Africa. Funding for adaptation should be on the global agenda.

Food Security Raises the Obvious: Can We Feed 9.6 Billion by 2050?
World Population Day 2013 came and went with little fanfare this year. There were no organized efforts to draw attention to the annual United Nations observance, which underscores population issues. The sole article I saw on the subject matter-of-factly noted that "global population is growing faster than expected" as U.N. demographers revised their projections upwards to 9.6 billion by 2050 and 11 billion by 2100.

Food Security - Asian Development Bank's Take
Economic growth has been effective in reducing extreme poverty in Asia and the Pacific, but less so in reducing hunger and malnutrition. ADB is helping people across the region put food on their table by improving the productivity, connectivity, and resilience of food supply chains.

Food for thought
One of the most popular slogans of India’s Right to Food Campaign is “Hungry stomachs and overflowing granaries, is injustice; is a crime!” Right through the period of almost eight per cent economic growth, India has ranked around 67th out of 88 countries on the global hunger index prepared by the International Food Policy Research Institute.

VIDEO - G20 for Change: NGOs voices at the G20 Summit 2013
From the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg: Transparency International, InterAction, Oxfam, World Vision, Save the Children

G20 Lays Out Plan that Could Help the World's Poor - If Leaders Step Up
The G20's focus in 2013-2014 will continue to include food security for the poorest families, providing financial services to rural poor who lack access to banks, and reducing the cost to immigrants sending remittances home to their families.

How stronger land use rights can curb global hunger
In many developing countries, farmers till plots without the government or traditional leaders formally recognizing their right to the land. But without formal land rights, those tilling the soil can be vulnerable to large-scale land acquisitions — sometimes dismissively called land grabs — without their knowledge or consent. Investors often lease or buy large swaths of land for agricultural production, oil exploration or other uses.

Philanthropists and aid donors must join forces in these straitened times
Private donors cannot be expected to stump up cash without having a say – and the new global partnership must reflect this

Growing biofuels: how to reap rewards
Highlights from recent Guardian live chat panel on how to deliver the best environmental, social and economic impacts.



Documents on Food Security