GENEVA / STATE OF FOOD SECURITY

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Approximately 735 million people are currently facing hunger, compared to 613 million in 2019. The pandemic, repeated weather shocks and conflicts, including the war in Ukraine are to blame, according to the latest State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) report published today jointly by five United Nations specialized agencies. UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / STATE OF FOOD SECURITY
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DATELINE: 12 JULY 2023, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Wide shot, UN flag alley UN Geneva
2. Wide shot, press room, UN Geneva
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Marco Sanchez Cantillo, Deputy Director of Agrifood Economics Division (ESA), FAO:
“It is estimated that between 691 and 783 million people in the world faced hunger in 2022. If we consider the mid-range, which is about 735 million people, it is still 122 million people more who faced hunger in 2022 compared to 2019, before the pandemic.”
4. Med shot, speakers at the podium
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Gian Carlo Cirri, Head of Geneva Office, WFP:
“At the rate of incoming resources to address the food crisis, we expect that there will be a 60 percent gap in our operations, and this is of course, quite worrisome.”
6. Wide shot, press room and speakers at the podium
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Gian Carlo Cirri, Head of Geneva Office, WFP:
“345 million people are facing acute food insecurity. This is a major increase when compared to 2020: it’s a 200 million increase, it's a staggering. So, we have been scaling up, in WFP, our operations and we've reached a number of persons we never reached before with 160 million people reached in 2022.”
8. Close up, laptop screen with speakers in the background
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Hélène Papper, Director for Global Communications and Advocacy, IFAD:
“They produce one third of the world's food. 70 percent of the food in Africa and Asia. Meanwhile, they struggle to feed themselves and they bear the brunt of tremendous challenges as we all face today, the least being climate change. But they only receive 1.7 percent of global climate finance. This is wrong and we must shift this terrible dichotomy.”
10. Close up, journalist
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Hélène Papper, Director for Global Communications and Advocacy, IFAD:
“Data clearly shows that investment in agriculture is two to three times more effective at reducing poverty than investment in any other sector.”
12. Med shot, journalists listening
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Chika Hayashi, Statistics and Monitoring Senior Advisor, Nutrition, UNICEF:
“Breastfeeding, which is the ultimate child survival intervention, has also increased by ten percentage points in the last 12 years to 48 percent and therefore seems to be actually the only nutrition indicator that's on track to achieve the World Health Assembly’s global nutrition target of 50 percent by 2025.”
14. Various shots, press conference room

STORYLINE:

Approximately 735 million people are currently facing hunger, compared to 613 million in 2019. The pandemic, repeated weather shocks and conflicts, including the war in Ukraine are to blame, according to the latest State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) report published today (12 July) jointly by five United Nations specialized agencies.

“Between 691 and 783 million people in the world faced hunger in 2022. If we consider the mid-range, which is about 735 million people, it is still 122 million people more who faced hunger in 2022 compared to 2019, before the pandemic,” said Marco Sanchez Cantillo, Deputy Director of Agrifood Economics Division at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) during the press conference in Geneva. According to FAO’s projections, almost 600 million people will still be facing hunger in 2030.

Asia and Latin America made progress in hunger reduction, but it was still on the rise in Western Asia, the Caribbean and throughout all subregions of Africa in 2022. Africa remains the worst-affected region with one in five people facing hunger, more than twice the global average.

These trends jeopardize the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal target of Zero Hunger by 2030. Concerns are high too at the World Food Program (WFP) which reports 345 million people facing acute food insecurity. “It’s a 200 million increase compared to 2020, it’s staggering” emphasized Gian Carlo Cirri, Head of the Geneva Office. As a result, WFP has been scaling up its operations and has reached an unprecedented 160 million people in 2022.

But “at the rate of incoming resources to address the food crisis, we expect there will be a 60 percent gap in our operations, and this is of course, quite worrisome,” shared Cirri.

While food insecurity afflicts both urban and rural households, it is strongest in rural areas, where 80 percent of the world’s poorest people live. Many of them are small scale farmers. They produce one third of the world’s food and 70 percent of the food in Africa and Asia, according to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). “Meanwhile, they struggle to feed themselves and they bear the brunt of tremendous challenges, the least being climate change,” explained Ms. Hélène Papper, IFAD’s Director for Global Communications and Advocacy. “But they only receive 1.7 percent of global climate finance. This is wrong and we must shift this terrible dichotomy,” she added, insisting that investment in agriculture is two to three times more effective at reducing poverty than investment in any other sector.

On a more positive note, UNICEF reported progress in exclusive breastfeeding. “48 percent of babies under 6-months of age benefit from this ultimate child survival practice, close to the 2025 target,” said UNICEF’s Chika Hayashi. However, more efforts will be required to meet the 2030 malnutrition targets and allow more people to access healthy diets.

With almost seven in ten people projected to live in cities by 2050, the report calls on governments to push for policies and legislation that support better rural-urban infrastructure and connectivity and that link small-scale producers and small agri-businesses to fair and lucrative markets.
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