This short brochure produced by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development sets out trends and patterns in development assistance spending on food and nutrition security.
// L'Aquila Food Security Initiative
The publication is aimed at monitoring the pledges made under the L'Aquila Food Security Initiative (AFSI). It shows initial findings, poses methodological questions and proposes further analysis and potential responses. This allows for a comparison to be made between what donors have been focusing on under AFSI, as well as their broader efforts to promote FNS. The brochure is part of a wider programme of tracking the AFSI donors' aid for food security and nutrition. It is based on the well received brochure "Measuring Aid to Agriculture", produced by OECD in 2010.
// Boosting agricultural sector to achieve MDG 1
The human and economic costs of food insecurity are enormous. Currently, 925 m people are food and nutrition insecure. In other words, nearly one billion people are permanently suffering from hunger. Hungry adults will experience lethargy and diminished physical capabilities, which impacts significantly on their ability to engage in economic activities. Malnutrition alone causes the death of 2.6 million children every year. A child below the age of two suffering from hunger will experience stunting - their mental and physical capabilities will be damaged for life, affecting their prospects of future employment and general well-being.
The members of OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) and partner governments are channelling increased resources into agriculture in order to help achieve food security and MDG 1 – halving hunger by 2015. The DAC's work on food security is intended to help identify how its members can engage with partner governments and other country-level stakeholders to strengthen and support national policies where these are weak or unsupportive of critical resourcing and actions for food security.