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    Regional Overview of Food Insecurity - Near East 2017
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    The second edition of the Regional Overview of Food Insecurity in the Near East and North Africa 2016 coincides with the adoption of the sustainable development agenda and the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the agreement on climate change reached at CCOP21 in Paris.

    The report, therefore, gives particular attention to food insecurity from the sustainability perspective, in particular the Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2), which aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. The report uses both the prevalence of undernourishment and the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES) which is an agreed indicator for the tracking of the SDG2.

    The report focuses on three themes
    • Food Insecurity, Prevalence and Trends
    • The Four Pillars of Food Security and Nutrition
    • Policy Commitments and Experiences to End Hunger, Achieve Food Security and Improved Nutrition, and Promote Susta inable Agriculture (SDG2): A Focus on Water and Climate Change

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    Regional Overview Report, Food Security and Nutrition in Africa 2017
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    Since 2015, Sub-Saharan Africa has experienced severe climate-induced disruptions as a result of the El Niño weather phenomenon. The severity and extent of the ongoing El Niño, with its related droughts and floods have been considered the worst since the turn of the century, and have affected the livelihoods of tens of millions of poor households. This is compounded by the increasing frequency of other shocks - civil strife and conflicts, increasing incidence of trans-boundary plant and animal p ests and diseases as well as socio-economic shocks that are likely to reverse years of progress, undermining efforts by African governments to attain food security and nutrition. Because of the importance FAO and UNECA attach to resilience building, the theme of the 2016 edition of the Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition in Africa is: “The Challenge of Building Resilience to Shocks and Stresses”. Thus, an entire section of this report (Part 3) focuses on issues and response mechan isms for building resilience to shocks related to food security and nutrition in the context of climate change and conflicts. The report presents in Parts 1 and 2 respectively the prevalence and trends in malnutrition, and policies and programmes in support of their improvements.

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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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