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New UN alliance to stave off ‘catastrophic food crisis’

Topics Covered: Food security related issues.

New UN alliance to stave off ‘catastrophic food crisis’:


Context:

Taking cognisance of the catastrophic food crisis caused by Covid 19 Pandemic and the urgency to tackle it, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has launched a Food Coalition.

About the Alliance:

Proposed by Italy and led by Food and Agriculture Organization, the alliance aims to increase resilience of agricultural food systems and ensure global food access.

  • Italy and the Netherlands have already pledged and delivered financial resources and technical support to the coalition.
  • The alliance would work as a network of networks and a multi-stakeholder coalition for a unified global action to ensure food access and increase the resilience of agricultural food systems in response to COVID-19.
  • The alliance involves a devoted trust fund and a web-based hub allowing participants to access a basket of project-focused information and data, as well as the funding and types of assistance needed for many on-the-ground projects.

Key Objectives of the alliance:

  1. Mobilising resources, expertise and innovation
  2. Advocating for a joint and coordinated COVID-19 response.
  3. Promoting dialogue and exchange of knowledge and expertise among countries.
  4. Working towards solution-oriented plans and programmes.
  5. Expanding international cooperation and partnership for a longer term impact.

Why do we need such United efforts?

  • Global food prices continued to rise in October for the fifth successive month, according to the FAO Food Price Index also released November 5. Even though the forecast for global cereal production was low, the output for 2020 was still expected to reach an all-time high.
  • COVID-19 could add up to 132 million more people to the ranks of the world’s undernourished in 2020 — a grave challenge that the pandemic poses to the eradication of hunger by 2030.

InstaLinks:

Prelims Link:

  1. About FAO.
  2. About the Proposed alliance.
  3. Overview of the FAO Food Price Index.

Mains Link:

COVID-19 could add up to 132 million more people to the ranks of the world’s undernourished in 2020 — a grave challenge that the pandemic poses to the eradication of hunger by 2030. Discuss how we can avert such situations.

Sources: Down to Earth.