food for all

2016 - IFAD

Agricultural and rural development reconsidered. A guide to issues and debates

This report sets out the shifts in thinking, debate and approaches on agricultural development over recent decades. The main focus is Africa – the region with the most low-income countries, where most countries remain rural and agrarian, and where agricultural and rural development is seen as most problematic. However, significant insights can be drawn from comparisons to Asia and Latin America, for contemporary Africa as well as for its future development.

2016 - FAO

Food security indicators

The choice of the indicators has been informed by expert judgment and the availability of data with sufficient coverage to enable comparisons across regions and over time. Indicators are classified along the four dimension of food security -- availability, access, utilization and stability.

2016 - The Water Footprint Network

Research article: Four billion people facing severe water scarcity

Freshwater scarcity is increasingly perceived as a global systemic risk. Meeting humanity’s increasing demand for freshwater and protecting ecosystems at the same time, will be one of the most difficult and important challenges of this century.

2015 - FAO

Climate Change and Food Systems: Global assessments and implications for food security and trade

The evidence presented describes how global warming will impact where and how food is produced and discusses the significant consequences for food security, health and nutrition, water scarcity and climate adaptation.

2015 - FAO

The state of food insecurity in the world 2015. Meeting the 2015 international hunger targets: Taking stock of uneven progress

This annual State of Food Insecurity in the World report takes stock of progress made towards achieving the internationally established Millennium Development Goal (MDG1) and World Food Summit hunger targets and reflects on what needs to be done, as we transition to the new post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda. The report reviews progress made since 1990 for every country and region as well as for the world as a whole.

2015 - FAO, IFAD and WFP

Achieving Zero Hunger: the critical role of investments in social protection and agriculture. Rome, FAO

This paper provides estimates of investment costs, both public and private, required to eliminate chronic dietary energy deficits, or to achieve zero hunger by 2030.

2015 - The World Bank

Cereal yield (kg per hectare)

Cereal yield, measured as kilograms per hectare of harvested land, includes wheat, rice, maize, barley, oats, rye, millet, sorghum, buckwheat, and mixed grains. Production data on cereals relate to crops harvested for dry grain only.

2015 - The World Bank

Food production index

Food production index covers food crops that are considered edible and that contain nutrients. Coffee and tea are excluded because, although edible, they have no nutritive value.

2015 - WHO

Connecting global priorities: biodiversity and human health: a state of knowledge review.

This state of knowledge review assembles expertise and insights from numerous researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, and experts from the fields of biodiversity conservation, public health, agriculture, nutrition, epidemiology, immunology, and others. It is an important source of information to support the implementation of the emerging post-2015 development agenda and sustainable development goals of the United Nations.

2015 - IUFRO - the global network for forest science

Forests, Trees and Landscapes for Food Security and Nutrition - A Global Assessment Report.

Despite impressive productivity increases, there is growing evidence that conventional agricultural strategies will fall short of eliminating global hunger and malnutrition. The assessment report in hand provides comprehensive scientific evidence on how forests, trees and landscapes can be – and must be - an integral part of the solution to this global problem.

2015 - FAO

Handbook for monitoring and evaluation of child labour in agriculture Measuring the impacts of agricultural and food security programmes on child labour in family-based agriculture.

There is a moral duty to improve their situation and prevent child labour. This handbook offers guidance for assessing the impacts of agricultural and food security programmes and projects on child labour in family-based agriculture.

2015 - FAO

Running out of time: The reduction of women’s work burden in agricultural production This publication discusses rural women’s time poverty in agriculture.

It elaborates on its possible causes and implications and provides insight into the various constraints that affect the adoption of solutions for reducing the work burden.

2015 - FAO

Food outlook: Biannual report on global food markets.

This is a biannual publication focusing on developments affecting global food and feed markets. Each report provides comprehensive assessments and short-term forecasts for production, utilization, trade, stocks and prices on a commodity by commodity basis and includes feature articles on topical issues.

2015 - FAO

The state of agricultural commodity markets 2015-2016. Trade and food security: achieving a better balance between national priorities and the collective good.

The report seeks to contribute to the debate on policy choices relating to trade and how best to meet the challenge of ensuring that the expansion of agricultural trade works for, and not against, the elimination of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition.

2015 - IFAD

Lessons learned. Integrated homestead food production (IHFP)

This note presents lessons learned on integrated homestead food production (IHFP) emerging from projects and programmes implemented by IFAD and other development actors around the  world. It aims to complement the How To Do Note (HTDN) on the same subject by illustrating success stories and good practices through case studies.

2015 - IFAD

How to do. Fisheries, aquaculture and climate change. Guidance for adaptation and mitigation

This how to do note describes a range of multiple-benefit options for integrating climate change adaptation and mitigation into IFAD interventions in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, based on a review of relevant literature on climate change, the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, and related activities of other international organizations. Most of the proposed measures are not new concepts or ideas but have been proven time and again in practice to provide a range of benefits to and increase the resilience of small-scale fishers and fish farmers, as well as the ecosystems on which they rely.

2014 - FAO

Developing sustainable food value chains. Guiding principles.

By defining sustainable food value chains, presenting an integrated development paradigm, highlighting ten guiding principles, and discussing its potential and limitations, this handbook presents a strong case for placing sustainable food value chain development at the heart of any long-term strategy to reduce poverty and hunger.

2014 - WFP

WFP in 2014.

WFP in 2014 summarizes the performance and key achievements of the organization.

2013 - Global Food Security Programme (GFS)

Food waste within global food systems.

Understanding the issues surrounding food waste in developing and developed countries, with a particular focus on understanding where new approaches and new research may be instrumental in reducing waste

2012 - United Nations

Zero Hunger Challenge.

Launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2012, the Zero Hunger Challenge is a vision of a world without hunger – and a global call for comprehensive efforts to ensure that every man, woman and child enjoy their Right to Adequate Food.

2012 - Anseeuw W., et al

Transnational Land Deals for Agriculture in the Global South. Analytical Report based on the Land Matrix Dataset, 1, CDE/CIRAD/GIGA, Bern/Montpellier/Hamburg, 2012.

This report confirms that the drive for land acquisition is a global trend that already has considerable impacts. The database on which it is built, the largest of its kind, shows that Africa is the continent mainly targeted.

2012 - Garnett, T., & Godfray, C. J.

Sustainable intensification in agriculture Navigating a course through competing food system priorities. A report on a workshop.

This document begins by outlining the origin of, and controversy surrounding, sustainable intensification, before asking whether, in view of this controversy, it is worth retaining the idea as a useful guiding principle – and concluding that it is. It then goes on to consider some of the main issues that need to be considered and addressed when thinking about sustainable intensification. It draws out a set of concepts that emerge from a consideration of these issues and that require further exploration and clarification before offering a few conclusions.

2007 - Paul Wilkinson

A global perspective on energy: health effects and injustices.

The Lancet, volume 370, issue 9591, 965-978.
Energy security is also an issue of growing concern to many governments in both the developed and developing world, and a potential source of international tension and conflict. In this Series, we examine the opportunities to improve health, reduce climate effects, and promote development through realistic adjustments in the way energy and food are produced and consumed.

2007 - Burchi F., P. & De Muro

Education for rural people: A neglected key to food security.

Doubling access to primary education causes a decrease of food insecurity by approximately 20% or 24% depending on the definition of food insecurity and its measurement.

2003 - Peter G Jones, Philip Thornton

The potential impacts of climate change on maize production in Africa and Latin America in 2055. Global Environmental Change, Issue 1

The impacts of climate change on agriculture may add significantly to the development challenges of ensuring food security and reducing poverty. We show the possible impacts on maize production in Africa and Latin America to 2055, using high-resolution methods to generate characteristic daily weather data for driving a detailed simulation model of the maize crop. Climate change urgently needs to be assessed at the level of the household, so that poor and vulnerable people dependent on agriculture can be appropriately targeted in research and development activities whose object is poverty alleviation.

Worldwatch Institute

Vision for a Sustainable World.

The Institute’s top mission objectives are universal access to renewable energy and nutritious food, expansion of environmentally sound jobs and development, transformation of cultures from consumerism to sustainability, and an early end to population growth through healthy and intentional childbearing.

The World Bank

Working for a World Free of Poverty.

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. The World Bank Group has two ambitious goals: end extreme poverty within a generation and boost shared prosperity.

The International Food Policy Research Institute


The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty. IFPRI was established in 1975 to identify and analyze alternative national and international strategies and policies for meeting the food needs of the developing world, with particular emphasis on low-income countries and on the poorer groups in those countries.


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

OECD uses its wealth of information on a broad range of topics to help governments foster prosperity and fight poverty through economic growth and financial stability. We help ensure the environmental implications of economic and social development are taken into account

Compact 2025


Compact 2025 is an initiative for ending hunger and under nutrition by 2025. It will bring stakeholders together to set priorities, innovate and learn, fine-tune actions, build on successes, and synthesize sharable lessons in order to accelerate progress.

Paul Roberts

An American journalist and author of two non-fiction books, The End of Oil (2004) and The End of Food (2008)

Danielle J. Nierenberg

She is an American activist, author, journalist and co-founder of the Food Think Tank

Paolo de Castro

Paolo De Castro is an Italian politician, and former Italian Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies. In 2009 he was elected to the European Parliament, and currently serves as chair of the parliament's Committee on Agriculture and Rural Devel

Marion Nestle

Marion Nestle, Ph.D, M.P.H., is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She is also a professor of Sociology at NYU and a visiting professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University.
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