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FAO Leads Celebrations on World Food Day [viewed]

FAO Director-General confers World Food Day Medal on H.E. Suzanne Mubarak 16 October 2008: World Food Day 2008 (WFD), which was celebrated on 16 October, was marked by events around the world addressing the theme “World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy.” The main ceremony was held at UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy, including a statement by FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf (see related story), a message from Pope Benedict XVI, and a keynote speech by Egypt's First Lady Suzanne Mubarak.

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IFPRI Publishes Essays on Policy Responses to Food Crisis [viewed]

Policy Responses to Food Crisis October 2008: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFRPI) has published three essays addressing critical questions regarding policy responses to the current food crisis. The essays by Joachim von Braun, IFPRI Director General, Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), and Namanga Ngongi, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), point to the dangers and pitfalls of misguided policies, but also to the potential opportunities for responding in a way that prevents future crises and ensures food security in the long term. In addition to the most pressing questions of delivering immediate relief to populations affected by hunger and the strategic issues of the long-term stabilization of food production and food markets, the essays also address impacts of current biofuel policies and climate change on agriculture.

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WFP, FAO, IFAD and World Bank Urge EU to Provide Assistance to Ease Global Food Crisis [viewed]

Josette Sheeran, WFP's Executive Director 15 September 2008: Leaders of the Rome-based UN agencies,

the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), World Food Programme

(WFP) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), together with

the World Bank, presented a common statement to the European Parliament's

Development Committee, urging it to take the lead in providing assistance to

help farmers cope with surging food and commodity prices.

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ECOSOC Highlights Interlinkages between Food and Energy Crises [viewed]

Current Global Food Crisis Will Require Increasing Amounts of Humanitarian Assistance for Some Time to Come, Economic and Social Council Told 17 July 2008: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) concluded

its three-day Humanitarian Affairs Segment by convening a panel discussion on “Humanitarian

challenges related to global food aid, including enhancing international

efforts and cooperation in this field,” chaired by

Council Vice-President Park In-kook (Republic of Korea) and moderated by John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.

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UN Agencies Call on G8 to Increase Investment in Agriculture to Address the Global Food Crisis [viewed]

UN urges G-8 to boost investment in agriculture to reduce global hunger

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July 2008: In a joint statement, the heads of the Food and Agriculture

Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural

Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) urged G8 leaders to

“strike a decisive blow in the fight against hunger and poverty” by reversing

the decline in agricultural investment, which has been one of the underlying

causes of the current world food crisis.”

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World Food Programme (WFP) Adopts New Strategic Plan to Address Food Crisis [viewed]

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June 2008: The WFP Executive Board has adopted a new four-year strategic plan to address hunger needs arising from recent

food price increases and shortages, as well as to fight hunger more strategically.

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UNDP and Japan Launch Programme on Climate Change Adaptation for Africa [viewed]

29 May 2008: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Japan announced, at the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV), a US$ 92.1 million programme for climate change adaptation in Africa. The UNDP/Japan adaptation programme is expected to be operational in August 2008.

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FAO, IFAD and WFP Sign MOU with Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa [viewed]

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4 June 2008: At the UN Food and Agriculture Organization

(FAO) High-Level Conference on World Food Security, held in Rome Italy, from

3-5 June 2008, FAO, the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Fund for

Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in

Africa (AGRA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to boost food

production in Africa's breadbasket regions – regions with relatively good

rainfall, soils, infrastructure and markets – and to support smallholder

farmers.  

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UN World Food Programme Calls on Global Community to Address Collective Challenge of Food Security [viewed]

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June 2008: Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme

(WFP), speaking at the FAO High-Level Conference on World Food Security, which

convened from 3-5 June 2008, warned that the global food crisis is threatening

to “plunge another 130 million people into life threatening hunger.” She said

the world has the means to defeat hunger, but high fuel and food prices

threaten to “short circuit” this potential by undoing many of the achievements

made towards global food security. She endorsed the UN Task Force's plan of

action and outlined the WFP's contributions towards its implementation, including

working with governments to assess needs and vulnerabilities at the household

level and scaling up safety net programmes.

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