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Global Report on Food Crises 2019

Topics Covered:

  1. Development processes and the development industry – the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
  2. Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
  3. Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.


Global Report on Food Crises 2019


What to study?

  • For Prelims: Key findings of the report, about FAO.
  • For Mains: Food crises- concerns, causes and measures needed.


What is it? It is a report released jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP) and EU.


Key findings in the latest report:

  • Approximately 113 million people in 53 countries experienced high levels of food insecurity last year. These crises are primarily driven by conflict and climate-related disasters.
  • The number going chronically-hungry has remained well over 100 million over the past three years, with the number of countries affected, rising.
  • According to the report, nearly two-thirds of those facing acute hunger come from just eight countries: Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
  • Climate and natural disasters pushed another 29 million people into acute food insecurity in 2018 and that number excludes 13 countries – including North Korea and Venezuela – because of data gaps.



Despite a slight drop in 2018 in the number of people experiencing acute food insecurity – the most extreme form of hunger – the figure is still far too high.


Need of the hour:

We must act at scale across the humanitarian-development-peace nexus to build the resilience of affected and vulnerable populations. To save lives, we also have to save livelihoods.


About FAO:

  • The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.
  • Headquarters: Rome, Italy
  • Founded: 16 October 1945
  • Goal of FAO: Their goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.


FAO Council:

Origin: Established by the Conference at its Third Session (1947) to replace the original “Executive Committee of FAO” in accordance with a recommendation of the Preparatory Commission on World Food Proposals.

Purpose: The Council, within the limits of the powers, acts as the Conference’s executive organ between sessions. It exercises functions dealing with the world food and agriculture situation and related matters, current and prospective activities of the Organization, including its Programme of Work and Budget, administrative matters and financial management of the Organization and constitutional matters.


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