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Regional Overview of Food Insecurity Near East and North Africa

Strengthening Regional Collaboration to Build Resilience for Food Security and Nutrition











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    The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2005
    Eradicating world hunger – key to achieving the Millennium Development Goals
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    Only ten years now remain before the 2015 deadline by which world leaders have pledged to reduce hunger and extreme poverty by half and to make substantial gains in education, health, social equity, environmental sustainability and international solidarity. The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2005examines progress towards the World Food Summit goals and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), focusing on the critical importance of reducing hunger, not only as the explicit target of MDG 1 but as an essential condition for reaching the other MDGs. The report presents compelling evidence that hunger and malnutrition are major causes of the deprivation and suffering targeted by all of the other MDGs. Progress towards those targets has lagged, particularly in the countries and regions where efforts to reduce hunger have stalled. The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2005emphasizes that most, if not all, of the MDG targets can still be reached. But only if efforts are redoubled an d refocused. And only by recognizing and acting on two key points: without rapid progress in reducing hunger, achieving all of the other MDGs will be difficult, if not impossible; and the fight to eliminate hunger and reach the other MDGs will be won or lost in the rural areas where the vast majority of the world's hungry people live.
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    Regional Overview of Food Insecurity Asia and the Pacific 2016
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    The year 2015 marked the end of the global Millennium Development agenda and 2016 heralds a transition to the new 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development. Asia-Pacific Region not only met the MDG target of halving the proportion of people suffering from hunger, but was also the region with the largest reduction in the number of undernourished people in the world. Despite good progress being made by many countries in tackling malnutrition, the overall rate of progress is less than desired and the re are several countries and sub-regions where the prevalence rates are still very high. The analysis presented in this report will help encourage dialogue and shape a new public narrative towards eradicating hunger and malnutrition and creating a transformative change for sustainable development.

    Most governments are taking concrete actions to address the problem and there is a clear recognition of strengthening agriculture and food systems in a manner that brings more affordable, hea lthier and diverse food options within everyone’s reach.

    This report also introduces a special section which will focus on a different selected key issue or trend affecting food security and nutrition in the region each year. This year, the focus is on the importance of milk and smallholder dairy in view of the remarkable growth in the production and consumption of milk and milk products in the region. The section concludes that the promotion of milk consumption and small-scale dairying offe rs potential for triple wins in nutrition, rural livelihoods and the environment.

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    2015 Regional Overview of Food Insecurity Latin America and the Caribbean: The Region has reached the international hunger targets 2015
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    In the last two decades, food and nutritional security have become an integral part of the political agenda of Latin America and the Caribbean, and the eradication of hunger and malnutrition is now a regional development objective. In 1990-92, Latin America and the Caribbean began the challenge of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with 14.7% of its population affected by hunger. By 2014-16 this prevalence has fallen to 5.5% and the region has achieved the MDG hunger goal. The region also m et the goal of the World Food Summit (WFS) established in 1996, having reduced the total number of people suffering hunger to 34.3 million. Poverty has also declined from 2002 onwards, from 44% to 28%, although extreme poverty has risen in the last two years.

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