FAO: Conflicts, weather events affecting hunger reduction
22.09.2017 09:17 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) —
Despite growing global food production, ongoing conflicts and climate-related shocks are hampering progress towards reducing hunger, UN Radio says referring to the FAO (UN Food and Agriculture Organization) latest edition of its Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.
FAO says conflict «continues to intensely impact agriculture and food security» within eight countries: the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, northern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
As to the report, droughts within places such as southern Ethiopia, hurricanes within the Caribbean and floods within West Africa are also likely to affect food production.
However, the FAO estimates global cereal production will reach a record level within 2017, at more than 2.6 million tonnes, mainly due to gains within Argentina and Brazil.