Last year, the Food and Agriculture Organization announced a rise in the number of hungry people in the world after decades of progress in eliminating hunger. This year’s analysis indicates there will be another increase in the number of people under the risk of famine.
This means we, collectively, have not been effective enough in our response to humanitarian crises - despite enormous efforts. To improve results, we need to better combine humanitarian assistance with development actions on the ground.
Agriculture and local food production cannot be afterthoughts. Investing in agriculture not only saves lives and protects livelihoods, but it lays the foundations for recovery and resilience building.José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization