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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Food security and nutrition targets for post-2015 agenda

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) revealed the results of their joint work to develop targets and indicators for a new global development paradigm for sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition. This is a critical contribution to the ongoing intergovernmental discussions on the post-2015 development agenda which will follow the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Representatives from the three agencies stressed the need to finish the job of the MDGs but also to broaden their scope to tackle issues of universal relevance like malnutrition, sustainable and inclusive food systems, and their inter-linkages. The three agencies identified a list of five targets:
- Access to adequate food all year round for all people.
- End malnutrition in all its forms with special attention to stunting.
- Make all food production systems more productive, sustainable, resilient and efficient.
- Secure access for all small food producers, especially women, to adequate inputs, knowledge, productive resources and services.
- More efficient post-production food systems that reduce the global rate of food loss and waste by 50 percent.
The UN Rome-based agencies said that progress in these areas would need innovative partnerships among governments, with the private sector, with development institutions, and with all members of society, from producers to consumers. New governance mechanisms would also be needed to monitor impact, ensure accountability, and give different stakeholders a voice in decision-making.
"The overarching priority of the post-2015 development agenda is the eradication of poverty in all its forms," said President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Co-Chair of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the post-2015 development agenda.
Source: FAO