EU achievements in food and nutrition security 2014-2018

10 April 2019. EU achievements in food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture. 2014-2018.

The EU is strongly committed to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2 (Zero Hunger) and has been working with partners to collectively step up support to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. As reaffirmed in the EU Consensus on Development, agricultural and rural development are key to reducing poverty, boosting food and nutrition security, stimulating economic growth and protecting the environment, all within the context of climate change. They can also play a major role in promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls. This booklet describes how the EU is supporting countries and institutions to address numerous challenges and seize opportunities to further their development.

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report from the European Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) which found that around 113 million people in 53 countries experienced acute food insecurity in 2018, compared to 124 million in 2017. 

  • While the 9 per cent improvement is to be celebrated, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica noted that the report highlights the need for a strengthened cooperation between humanitarian, development and peace actors to reverse and prevent food crises. 
  • Nearly two-thirds of those facing acute hunger are in just eight countries, five of which are in Africa: the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan and Sudan. 
  • The report also highlighted that fully a quarter of the acutely food insecure were victims of climate and natural disasters.

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