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Building Resilience Critical to End Hunger and Undernutrition by 2025

Summary posted by Meridian on 5/19/2014

Source: International Food Policy Research Institute (16 May 2014)

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More than 800 experts met last week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to discuss the post-2015 agenda and the goal to end hunger by 2025. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), its 2020 Vision Initiative, and partners, organized the conference, “Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security.” Shenggen Fan, the director general of IFPRI, said the conference was particularly relevant in light of growing uncertainty and extreme events. “Many of the potential shocks we face, such as disease, food price spikes, and natural disasters, know no borders. Our success in coping, and even thriving in the presence of shocks, will depend on renewed efforts to cooperate and collaborate on a resilience agenda,” he said. “Strengthened resilience in turn will be key to achieving an end to hunger.” Since these major shocks hit poor people and vulnerable communities hardest, action and investments in the form of research and knowledge sharing, policy and program prioritizing, and scaling up of successful approaches, need to focus on smallholder farmers. Ertharin Cousin, the executive director of the United Nations World Food Program, who announced plans to launch the Food Security Climate Resilience Facility (FoodSECuRE), which will work to reinforce community resilience by responding to climate shocks before they occur and providing multiyear funding for long-term activities, said, “Resilience will pay dividends for fragile communities who today face environmental, economic, and nutritional bankruptcy. For people in communities affected by droughts, floods, and other shocks, a resilience approach allows comprehensive action that both restores the productivity of people’s land and significantly improves their well-being. Empowering resilient families to withstand shocks can reduce—even by half—the likelihood that children will become malnourished.”

The original article may still be available at http://www.ifpri.org/pressrelease/building-resilience-critical-end-hunger-and-undernutrition-2025

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