Here's a recent Statement from the Alliance to End Hunger about the dire and rising rates of hunger around the world and in the U.S.
Statement on the Release of the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 Report
WASHINGTON (July 13, 2021) – The following statement is attributed to Eric Mitchell, Executive Director of the Alliance to End Hunger.
“The Alliance to End Hunger joins the global food security and nutrition community in our alarm and dismay at the rising rates of hunger and malnutrition reported in the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021. The report, also known as the SOFI report, is an annual joint publication of five United Nations agencies: FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP, and WHO.
The report, released on Monday, portrays a grim picture in which a confluence of factors – climate, conflict, political and economic instability, and now the global COVID-19 pandemic – have led to rising hunger for the sixth year in a row. Between 720 million and 811 million people faced hunger in 2020, representing an estimated 18 percent rise in the prevalence of hunger in a single year.
Rising hunger and malnutrition have not impacted everyone the same. The growing impacts of hunger highlight social and economic inequities faced within countries and regions around the world, with women and children affected disproportionately.
We are not on track to meet the Sustainable Development Goal of ending hunger by 2030, and the world must commit to prioritizing the eradication of hunger and malnutrition. With the upcoming U.N. Food Systems Summit, Nutrition for Growth summit, and COP 26, the Alliance to End Hunger is urging the Biden Administration to strongly commit to global food security and nutrition through its representation on the global stage, and to lead on these critical issues.
We know what we have to do to end hunger and malnutrition everywhere, but it will take the concerted and unwavering actions at all levels – civil society, communities, companies, governments, and individuals – to ensure that no one goes to bed hungry.”
Here's the website for anyone who want to register for the virtual BIFAD meeting on June 4. The meeting will focus on the impact of the pandemic on food security and nutrition in developing countries.
Here's a note from a daily newsletter called The Hill. This particular email focuses on food that's being wasted during the pandemic.
This online, open-to-all session, sponsored by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will focus on food and nutrition during the pandemic:
FAO's Work on Nutrition and Food Systems in the time of COVID-19April 23, 2020 from 10:00-11:00 am (EDT)
Here's an announcement about Childhood Nutrition and how the pandemic may impact it. Thanks to UN FAO and the Alliance to End Hunger for offering it: https://fao.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5YvdOCrrz8jeADbueN3X4_h1A47f-LueA
Please join the Alliance to End Hunger, FAO North America, and a panel of experts for an important and timely online conversation on how eliminating childhood hunger not only builds the nation, but also helps propel the country as a model for the world.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has upended the world as we know it. With school closure from coast to coast, millions of children are at risk of face hunger if urgent actions are not taken. We know very well that inadequate child nutrition produces consequences far beyond childhood hunger. Education, health, economic prosperity, and community development all suffer when children are not fed.
Fortunately, there are programs, organizations, and initiatives mobilizing as we speak to ensure that children in the United States are fed nutritiously year-round. The session will provide a dialogue around best practices that can be promoted throughout the United States and around the world.
A special issue of the IFPRI Insights newsletter highlights a series of analyses from IFPRI researchers and guest contributors on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on national and global food and nutrition security, poverty, and development.
Maximo Torero, Assistant Director General for Economic and Social Development at FAO, calls for a four-pronged approach to help food supply chains withstand the shock of the pandemic.
A policy paper from CARE examines the gender implications of COVID-19 outbreaks in development and humanitarian settings, including potential adverse effects on education, food security and nutrition, health, livelihoods, and protection.
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