Stories written by Sabina Zaccaro

Hunger Decreases, but Unevenly, U.N. Reports

Some 842 million people still suffer from chronic hunger, according to the State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI 2013), published Tuesday by the three Rome-based U.N. food agencies.

Hunger Decreases, but Unevenly, U.N. Reports

Some 842 million people still suffer from chronic hunger, according to the State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI 2013), published Tuesday by the three Rome-based U.N. food agencies. As high as this number seems, it should still be considered progress, since it is is down from 868 million last year.

Hints of Changes to Come in Rome

No one would expect a Pope elected by an extremely conservative conclave to implement revolutionary reforms within the Catholic Church. Still, many see in the newly elected Pope Francis some signs of change.

Saquina Mucavele, executive director of MuGeDe - Mulher, Genero e Desenvolvimento (Women, Gender and Development), a non-profit based in Mozambique. Credit: Sabina Zaccaro/IPS

Cooperatives Help Women Farmers Tighten Ranks

It is a tried and tested truth that when women come together in groups they can address their issues more powerfully than they can as individuals.

When it Comes to Hunger, Zero is the Only Acceptable Number

New data from the United Nations reveals that there has been progress in reducing the number of hungry people worldwide. But an estimate that nearly 870 million people, one in eight, suffered from chronic undernourishment over the last two years is “unacceptable”, experts say.

Second Chance For an African Green Revolution

As the world searches desperately for ways to boost food production by at least 70 percent by 2050 to feed an increasingly hungry planet, many are looking to Africa as the place where a large part of this potential can be realised, mainly for its huge portion of arable land.

Corrado Clini, Italian Minister of Environment. Credit: Italian Ministry of Environment

Ahead of Rio+20, “The Economy is Already Turning Green”

While governments make a last desperate attempt to agree on a plan of action for next week's Rio+20 summit on sustainable development – including plans on the transition to a green economy and a set of sustainable development goals – the real economy is already turning green, according to Italy’s minister of environment, Corrado Clini.

A Future With Food, or No Future At All

The upcoming Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development will not succeed if the crises of hunger and malnutrition are not effectively addressed. The issues are so inextricably linked with sustainable development that they have to be part of the agenda, according to a report released Wednesday by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) for the upcoming Earth Summit that will take place in Rio de Janeiro from Jun. 20-22.

Financial Middlemen Muddle Climate Commitments

The European Union has been using all means necessary to fill the multi- billion-euro fund for climate change, including the controversial mobilisation of public resources through private financial intermediaries.

A coffee berry picker in Busia, Uganda, one of the biggest coffee producing nations in the world.  Credit:  Wambi Michael/IPS

Could Coffee Eliminate Borders?

A diverse blend of coffee is going to pervade the city of Milan in 2015. World producers will come together to show, exchange and market their coffee in a global alliance without geographical-based membership.

Wanted: Climate-Smart Agriculture

As the links between food security and climate change become increasingly inextricable, the necessity for sustainable agriculture is now a universal concern.

Decent Work Key to Food Security

Basic income security and access to social services can improve food production and consumption in the developing world, which can be boosted by South-South cooperation.

Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser  Credit: U.N. Photo/Mark Garten

Q&A: South-South Cooperation Complements North-South Cooperation

South-South cooperation can play a key role in boosting the economies of developing countries, but it is not going to replace North-South cooperation, says Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, president of the 66th session of the U.N. General Assembly.

/CORRECTION/*Italy’s New Cabinet – Politics without Politicians*

Of the 17 ministers nominated Wednesday by Italy's premier-designate Mario Monti, not one is a politician.

Outside the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) building in Rome. Credit: Crocevia

Farmers’ Networks Urge Government Action Against Land Grabbing

Civil society organisations and global farmers' networks are gathered in Rome this week to ask governments to stop the "disastrous practice of land grabbing", ahead of next week's Committee on World Food Security.

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