SOFI and CFS: Decoding World Hunger
By Lily Michelson, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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Did you know that 842 million individuals are currently hungry? Though this number is no hallmark figure, it does represent a silver lining of hope.

Last week, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP), released the annual State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI) report. Most notable in the report was the overall hunger statistic: the 2013 SOFI measures that overall world hunger is down, with 30 million fewer individuals suffering from malnourishment than had been previously measured in 2010-2012. This year’s report also analyzes the multiple causes of hunger, ranging from food availability to food access and stability.

If you #hungerto learn the newest facts, be sure to check out the report’s key messages. sofi.png

Following the release of the SOFI, the 40th meeting of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is currently underway in Rome, Italy. The CFS is an annual forum that represents the premier platform for discussing global food security issues: its inclusive model gives a voice to all stakeholders. The current CFS 40 discusses the importance of investment in smallholder agriculture, development strategies for achieving food security in crises-ridden areas, and guidelines for making smart agricultural investments. If you want up-to-date action on the CFS 40, you can follow the live webcast here: http://www.fao.org/webcast/.

We encourage all #WFD2013 hunger activists to check out these two resources, as they provide up-to-date knowledge on global food issues.

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