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‘Food Coalition: FAO’

  • Category
    Economy
  • Published
    16th Nov, 2020

Taking cognisance of the catastrophic food crisis and the urgency to tackle it, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations launched a Food Coalition.

Context

Taking cognisance of the catastrophic food crisis and the urgency to tackle it, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations launched a Food Coalition.

About

  • Food Coalition is a voluntary multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral alliance.
  • Proposed by Italy and led by FAO, the global alliance aims to help countries get back on track to achieve the UN-mandated Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, especially the ones on ending hunger and poverty.
  • More than 30 countries have already expressed interest in joining the coalition.

How would the coalition work?

  • The alliance would work as a network of networks and a multi-stakeholder coalition for a unified global action to support measures to ensure food access and increase the resilience of agricultural food systems in response to COVID-19.
  • The Food Coalition would work towards:
    • Mobilising resources, expertise and innovation
    • Advocating for a joint and coordinated COVID-19 response
    • Promoting dialogue and exchange of knowledge and expertise among countries
    • Working towards solution-oriented plans and programmes
    • Expanding international cooperation and partnership for a longer term impact

Key-highlights of the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report, 2020

  • The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has pulled food systems apart, threatening food security and nutrition.
  • At least 690 million people went hungry in 2019.
  • Now, the pandemic could tip over 130 million more people into chronic hunger by the end of 2020.
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