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    Near East and North Africa - Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition 2023
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    The Overview presents the food security and nutrition situation in the Arab States for 2022 when the effects of the war in Ukraine and record-high food and fertilizer prices hit the region that was just recovering from the economic and social shock caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.Consequently, hunger in the Arab States has reached its highest level since 2000. The Arab region continued to suffer from the triple burden of malnutrition: besides undernutrition, child overweight/adult obesity and micronutrient deficiencies, such as anaemia. The prevalences of overweight among children and of anaemia among women are higher than the world average. The downward trend of child stunting has slowed down, and recent high food prices might even reverse it. Furthermore, the cost of a healthy diet in the region has been increasing in recent years, and healthy diets are out of reach for almost every other person in the Arab States.The region’s deteriorating food security and nutrition situation calls for the urgent need to transform agrifood systems, making them more resilient to shocks and emerging crises, more efficient, inclusive and sustainable to reach the Sustainable Development Goal 2 targets.
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    Digital innovation for promoting decent rural employment in agriculture for youth and women in the Near East and North Africa 2023
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    This paper examines how information and communications (ICT) technologies can contribute to decent employment of youth and women in the agrifood sector. In other regions, the widespread adoption and integration of ICTs has reduced information and transaction costs, improved service delivery, created new jobs, generated new revenue streams and saved resources. The analysis explores the current status of ICT uptake and certain age and gender-specific barriers before highlighting existing efforts to leverage digital technologies to create and facilitate access to decent employment for youth and women in agrifood systems. The paper aims to identify key entry points to ensure digital technologies are better leveraged in Near East and North Africa agrifood systems to foster decent employment in a way that is gender and age responsive..

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