WFP At Rio+20

Towards A World Without Hunger


Twenty years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, world leaders, the private sector, NGOs and other organisations met in June at Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, to map out how we can reduce hunger and poverty, and create growth that is “green”, people-based, fair and that also protects our ever more crowded planet.

Zero Hunger Challenge

"Food and nutrition are among my top priorities," says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who issued his Zero Hunger Challenge at the Rio+20 Conference.

WFP believes there can be no sustainable development unless concerted efforts are made to address hunger and malnutrition and reach those on the side-lines of mainstream development. Close to one billion people suffer from hunger, and more than twice as many from hidden hunger, malnourishment and food insecurity.

Most vulnerable

Any “green economy” must also address the needs of the most vulnerable. They need greater access to nutritious food along with more sustainable natural resource management practices, so they can take up opportunities to escape the poverty trap.

Creating a better future for these people will require food and nutrition safety nets – such as work schemes, asset creation and resilience building programmes, health and nutrition interventions, and school feeding programmes. Innovative risk transfer systems can help ensure vulnerable farmers, families and communities to protect lives, livelihoods and human capital during crises.

Many of the world’s hungry people live in fragile and marginal environments, and bear the brunt of climate change so we need integrated approaches that reduce hunger while building the resilience of families, communities and ecosystems.

Build resilience

Building resilience also means a shift from managing disasters to managing risks amid increasing extreme weather and climate patterns, deteriorating ecosystems, growing competition over natural resources, and highly volatile food and energy prices.

Community based disaster risk reduction and management approaches need to be scaled-up urgently to strengthen the resilience of food insecure households communities and  countries, as they face the growing challenges of climate change.

Women are the main food producers, processors and traders of food. Investing in the nutrition of rural women and their children, especially in the critical first 1000 days of life, is necessary to ensure the healthy development of children, and to increase their chances to contribute to and benefit from economic growth in their future.

WFP In Action

Results From Rio +20

True partnerships begin at home, and preparations for Rio+20 involved the work of multiple WFP divisions and offices from Policy Office of Climate Change, Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction and the Brazil Centre of Excellence to External Relations and the New York Liaison Office to Communications and Private Sector Partnerships. What was achieved? As the UN Sustainable Development Conference comes to a close and the ED departs Rio de Janeiro, the following is an overview of what the WFP delegation did and accomplished.

Ethiopian Village Recognized At Rio+20 For Innovative Hunger Solution

After years of hardship, a community in northern Ethiopia has found the route to a sustainable future through an innovative project which has helped to transform degraded hillsides into productive farmland. For its role in the project, the village of Abraha Atsbeha received official recognition at Rio+20 during an awards ceremony hosted by the UN Development Programme.

REACH Initiative

Rio + 20 presents an opportunity for agreement on the future we want.  It is a future that will be determined by global commitment towards sustainable development goals in the years ahead, and this can be achieved through support for initiatives that provide a strong foundation for reaching these goals. Read more
20 June 2012

Building Resilience In Burkina Faso [Photo Gallery]

This year, 18 million people will be affected by the unfolding hunger crisis in Sahel, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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