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FAO, Reuters Foundation launch food security news platform

    R&M Bureau
    By R&M Bureau, Delhi,
    Thu, Oct 16th, 2014 (10:31:58 AM IST) Section: Industry Category: International

    Thomson Reuters Foundation and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched a global food security news platform to fill information gap on food and hunger issues.

    FAO, Reuters Foundation launch food security news platform

    Thomson Reuters Foundation and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have launched a comprehensive global news platform dedicated to food issues.

    Hosted on trust.org, the Thomson Reuters Foundation news portal, the coverage combines the knowledge and expertise of FAO with the reach of the foundation's global team of journalists, including a dedicated food security reporter based in Rome. The news section will provide trusted news on food production, food security, food waste, agriculture, land use, under nutrition and malnutrition, and food affordability issues, among others.

    Stories will be produced and sourced by the Thomson Reuters Foundation and made available for free usage worldwide in order to spread information on food security as widely as possible.

    Monique Villa, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, said that for millions of people, food is scarce or out of reach. By 2050, the planet will need at least 60 percent more food than it does today, as population is expected to reach more than 9 billion people. There is a pressing need for accurate reporting on these issues. He further added that the goal of this dedicated section of trust.org is to raise awareness around the growing problem of feeding the world population. Climate change makes things worse for developing countries, while wealthier nations face obesity and the many socio-economic issues related to it.

    FAO’s Director-General José Graziano da Silva said: "The global media have a critical role to play in the effort to build more sustainable food systems and eradicate hunger and malnutrition -- as observers and watchdogs, as explainers, as sharers of ideas and information. Good governance, an engaged citizenry, knowledge-transfer - all will benefit from the reliable, rigorous, and focused reporting that will take place via this new initiative."