Target Zero Hunger is a podcast that delves into the core issues of the UN Sustainable Develop Goals (SDGs). From eradicating poverty and hunger, to mitigating and adapting to climate change, rethinking food and agriculture production is critical to feeding a growing population and achieving these goals.
Warriors on the path to peace
The Greater Karamoja Cluster lies at the crossroads of Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda. In this vast desert region, crossing borders is a requisite for survival. But in recent decades, competition over natural resources has led to cattle raids and violent conflicts. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has supported a series of community-led initiatives to strengthen pastoralists’ livelihoods, enhance food security and prevent conflict in the region.
Combatting child labor in Cambodia
Fisheries are the backbone of Cambodia's economy Tonle Sap Lake contributes over half of the country’s fish production. Yet its 4.8 million residents are some of the poorest in Asia. Many depend heavily on fish and rice for their livelihoods and have to send their children to work rather than school, in order to survive. FAO is working with the government and partners to get children back to school.
Desert locusts: Are we winning the fight?
This time last year, swarms of desert locusts began spreading to countries in the Horn of Africa, devastating crops and people’s livelihoods. FAO's emergency campaign appealed for urgent action to avoid a desert locust plague and a looming humanitarian crisis. One year on, we ask FAO' s senior locust forecasting officer Keith Cressman if we are winning the fight.
Host/Producer: Charlotta Lomas, FAO.
Plant health key to safeguarding food
Plants make up 80 percent of the food we eat. Yet, each year we lose up to 40 percent of food crops because of pests and diseases. This leaves millions of people without enough food to eat and seriously damages agriculture - the primary source of income for poor rural communities. Plants are critical to our food security, which is why the UN declared 2020 the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). Ralf Lopian, chairperson of the International Steering Committee of the IYPH, explains.
Antimicrobial resistance - the next pandemic?
All around the world, people, plants and animals are dying from infections that cannot be treated – even with the best medicines available. That's because of the rise in antimicrobial resistance - the increasing failure of antibiotics and other life-saving drugs to treat diseases. It's a global problem that threatens to be the next pandemic, as Chief Veterinary Officer Keith Sumption explains.
COVID-19: Rebuilding for a better world
The COVID-19 pandemic could threaten global food security if urgent action is not taken, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The UN agency has launched a COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme, which aims to mitigate the immediate impacts of the pandemic while also strengthening the long-term resilience of food systems and livelihoods. In this podcast, FAO Deputy Director-General Beth Bechdol calls for a global coordinated response to the crisis.