“As a result of all the work of so many people over the last four years, food security is now at the top of our national and foreign policy agendas, as well as that of so many other nations in the world, because we understand it is a humanitarian and moral imperative, but it also directly relates to global security and stability. I’ve seen in my travels how increased investments in agriculture and nutrition are paying off in rising prosperity, healthier children, better markets, and stronger communities.” – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at a Feed the Future event around the 2012 UN General Assembly
This October 15 to October 19, from the UN Committee on World Food Security to the annual World Food Prize and World Food Day, the international community will continue to focus on food security. A variety of events will highlight Feed the Future, including progress on the initiative as well as the role of research.
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World Food Day
This year, World Food Day recognizes the important role of agricultural cooperatives in improving food security and contributing to the eradication of hunger. Cooperatives and producer organizations can help smallholder farmers to better and more sustainably feed themselves and their families by generating employment, increasing access to agricultural services and inputs, and expanding market linkages. They also enable members to participate in economic decision-making processes, building the capacity of communities to overcome challenges to food security.
Harnessing scientific innovation and technology in agriculture and nutrition is key to reaching Feed the Future’s core objectives of reducing global hunger, poverty and undernutrition. It’s also critical to meeting the global challenges of producing more food with less land and water, improving nutrition, and helping farmers adapt to climate change. Under the Feed the Future Research Strategy, we invest in longer-term research to address major global challenges and also invest in applied and adaptive research guided by host-country priorities for nearer-term impact.
World Food Day with the U.S. Mission to the U.N. Agencies in Rome
Almost one billion people in the world go to bed hungry. What are we doing to change that? Join the USUN online Thursday, October 18, at 13:30 UTC (15:30 in Rome) to discuss solutions for hunger and malnutrition throughout the world. Share your ideas, experiences, and questions with Tony Hall, the Executive Director of the Alliance to End Hunger and former Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome.
The Food Security Open Data Challenge isa USAID-led effort to convene food security experts, data scientists, technologists, and other development professionals to use public data sets to build innovative solutions in the field of food security and agriculture. The Challenge brings together food security experts to outline the key pain points in food security and work with technologists to identify where interventions might be possible and useful. Entrepreneurs and innovators then use data to develop effective and scalable products to create solutions to food security problems.
Follow the event on Twitter using the hashtag #Hack4Hunger!