FAO: World hunger is increasing after years of decline | Pakistan News Digest

FAO: World hunger is increasing after years of decline

By on July 4, 2017 | Short URL

Rome (IINA) � The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday that the number of people going hungry across the world has increased since 2015, threatening to undo years of progress.

Hunger will only be defeated if countries translate their pledges into action, especially at national and local levels, FAO Director General Jose Graziano da Silva said at the opening of the agency's biennial conference in Rome.

He stressed that concerted effort is required in countries affected by conflict and climate change, which collectively house nearly 60 percent of the world's population suffering from hunger.

Two years ago, FAO calculated that 795 million people in the world � about one in nine � did not have enough to eat. It also hailed the halving of hunger rates in developing countries from 23.3 percent in 1990-92 to 12.9 percent in 2014-16.

A FAO press officer said new estimates on world hunger figures would be released in October, but noted that since 2015 the El Nino weather phenomenon and conflicts in places like Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen had worsened the global famine situation.

In order to alleviate the suffering of millions, FAO will, over the next two years, be focusing its efforts on the promotion of sustainable agriculture, climate change mitigation and adaptation, poverty reduction, water scarcity, migration as well as supporting conflict-affected rural livelihoods.

The FAO Conference, being held from 3 to 8 July, is the UN agency's highest governing body. It reviews and decides on FAO's program of work and budget, and discusses priority areas related to food and agriculture across the globe.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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