The CFS is the United Nations' forum for reviewing policies concerning world food. It is the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all relevant stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition.
1 October 2009 – Insecurity and sporadic clashes in and around the northern Yemeni town of Sa’ada are impeding aid delivery to thousands of trapped civilians and internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have not received help since the conflict escalated six weeks ago, the United Nations reported today.
“Given the access limitations and geographical spread of the IDPs in all four governorates affected by the conflict, it has been very difficult to assess the full scope of displacement up to now, and to provide sufficient relief to those in need,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said of the fighting between the Government and rebels, which has driven some 150,000 people from their homes.
Crisis Hits Low-Income Countries Worse than Anticipated, but Flexible Program Design has Given Governments Greater Policy Space to Respond, IMF Studies Show
Press Release No. 09/340
October 1, 2009
26 September 2009 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today brought together representatives from 100 countries to discuss ways to boost global food security, a vital issue in a world where one sixth of humanity suffers from chronic hunger.
“There is more than enough food in the world, yet today, more than one billion people are hungry. This is unacceptable,” Mr. Ban said in his opening remarks to the event at UN Headquarters on partnering for food security.
He said last year’s food crisis brought home to everyone what experts have been saying for years – that the world’s food systems are in crisis, that they are failing too many people and many of the poorer nations.
United Nations, September 29 – Ministers from the Least Developed Countries meeting at the United Nations in New York have expressed concern at the negative effects the global financial, food and oil crises are having on the world’s most vulnerable countries.
In a declaration adopted at the meeting, the ministers said that the crises would have “adverse effects on our people and further compound the structural weaknesses of our countries, undermining their ability to sustain development efforts and jeopardizing the advances made so far…”
24 September 2009 – The United Nations agency tasked with helping the rural poor has announced it will provide more than $16 million for a programme in Burkina Faso that aims to help thousands of young people and women in the landlocked West African nation develop non-farm enterprises.
Under the scheme, 60 rural enterprise resources centres will be set up across Burkina Faso to serve as contact points for budding entrepreneurs and help them gain access to resources necessary for starting businesses, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announced yesterday.
These would-be entrepreneurs will have access to vocational training, technology and business development services, according to a press release issued from IFAD’s headquarters in Rome.
23 September 2009 – Achieving the goals of halving poverty, hunger and other ills by 2015 can be done, the United Nations development chief stated today, stressing that it will take strong partnerships, dedicated resources and unwavering political leadership.
“We are faced with a choice: will the MDGs become another one of those promises the international community has made, but not kept? Or can we all rise to meet the internationally agreed challenge?” asked Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), referring to the Millennium Development Goals.
23 September 2009 – Farmers need to increase global food production by some 70 per cent in the coming decades to feed an additional 2.3 billion people by 2050, warned a paper published by the United Nations food agency today, which calls for urgent investment in agriculture.
With the world population expected to balloon by one-third to 9.1 billion people, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) underscored the importance of using scarce natural resources more efficiently and investing in agriculture to combat a deepening hunger and poverty crisis.
The FAO is slated to organize a high-level expert forum next month in Rome to explore strategies on “How to Feed the World in 2050,” which is aimed at preparing the ground work for the World Summit on Food Security in November.
23 September 2009 – A lack of resources for emergency relief efforts in Ethiopia threatens to cut off food aid delivery to the most vulnerable people in the coming days, the United Nations humanitarian arm warned today.
“All food aid pipelines to groups of needy people in the country could break in September,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in an update on the situation in the Horn of Africa nation.
Poor rains in eastern Africa this year has produced crises in the areas of food, nutrition, water and disease among others, leaving some 24 million people in need of aid – up from 17 million last year – across the region, in Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia and parts of Uganda, as well as Ethiopia.
23 September 2009 – Some 390,000 people in Tajikistan, about 9 per cent of the rural population, face severe food insecurity due to both chronic vulnerability and the impact of this spring’s floods, the United Nations reported today.
“The economic crisis, resulting in loss of employment and a decrease in remittances, has also hampered households’ access to food,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said following a food security survey conducted by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO).
A good harvest of wheat, vegetables and fruits, and aid from WFP and its partners prevented the situation from deteriorating even further.
23 September 2009 – The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today urged leaders of countries to work together and step up efforts to boost nutrition, saying it is “nearly criminal” not to act to ensure that all children have enough food.
“We need to be sure we do not lose an entire generation of children whose brains are smaller than they should be because of under-nutrition,” WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said in a statement.
“We now know that the effects of under-nutrition are irreversible if a child under two years old does not receive enough nutritious food,” she stated.
“This makes it nearly criminal for the entire world not to act together to counter it.”