Today is World Food Day – International World Food Day is celebrated on the date of the founding of the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organization to highlight the issues of hunger and food access in the world. Take time today to think and act on ways to contribute to a more food secure world.
Alex de Waal, well known author on humanitarian assistance in the Horn of Africa, explains why and how the current famine in Tigray region in Ethiopia has occurred.
Lawrence Haddad, who shared last year’s World Food Price with David Nabarro appeals to the United States to lead in ending World Hunger and Malnutrition with Four Calls to Action. 1) Re-establish American leadership to end global hunger and malnutrition, 2) Play a strong leadership role in the upcoming Food Systems Summit and the Nutrition for Growth Summit, 3)Refresh US Evidence-based policy and investment to help end hunger and malnutrition, 4) revitalize the USAID Feed the Future and Innovation Labs initiatives to reach more countries.
An interesting assessment of SARS-CoV-2 Virus and food safety.
The escalating violence in the northern provinces of Mozambique has put 900,000 in a food insecure situation.
In January 2021, an UN Independent Sanctions Monitor Report accuses the Government of Yemen of laundering money in 2018 meant for food commodities, and the Houthi-controlled areas of diverting money meant for basic services in 2019 toward their war effort.
The World Health Organization warned on 12 February, that 400,000 children were at risk of starvation in 2021. This was information from a UN report that indicated that 2.3 million children under 5 years of age would suffer from acute malnutrition while within that number 400,000 would suffer from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) which, if untreated, leads to death from starvation or disease. This UN joint report of February 12, 2021 was from WHO, UNICEF, FAO and WFP.
Please find the Future of Food Systems series by DEVEX, international development social media platform.
An important discussion on hunger, mortality and the International Humanitarian Community’s definition of famine.
The United Nations will host a Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) in 2021 – in September or October. This Summit will be unique in that it will be open to everyone to participate (as a virtual summit). The Summit’s purpose is to raise awareness and elevate public discussion about how reforming our food systems can help us all to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by implementing reforms that are good for people and the planet.
The planning process is currently in place and information can be found at https://www.un.org/en/food-systems-summit