Donors Must Double Investments In Food Security, Nutrition, New Research Says; U.N. Agencies Release Statement On COVID-19’s Impact On Health, Food Systems, Economies

FAO: Donors must double investments to stamp out hunger
“If donors double their investments and spend the money wisely, they could help end hunger by 2030, a coalition of research groups said in a call-to-action ahead of World Food Day. Donors must spend an additional US$14 billion on average each year between now and 2030, roughly double what they currently spend on aid for food security and nutrition, according to new research from the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Cornell University, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)…” (10/12).

WHO: Impact of COVID-19 on people’s livelihoods, their health and our food systems
This joint statement by ILO, FAO, IFAD and WHO discusses the impact of COVID-19 on public health, food systems, and economies, noting, “In the COVID-19 crisis food security, public health, and employment and labor issues, in particular workers’ health and safety, converge. … We need to develop long-term sustainable strategies to address the challenges facing the health and agri-food sectors. Priority should be given to addressing underlying food security and malnutrition challenges, tackling rural poverty, in particular through more and better jobs in the rural economy, extending social protection to all, facilitating safe migration pathways, and promoting the formalization of the informal economy…” (10/13).

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