Target Zero Hunger



TARGET: Zero Hunger is a monthly podcast on the stories, issues and policies at the root of global food security. With the latest research and the help of farmers, development experts and decision-makers around the world, each episode sheds a light on different parts of our food systems.


  • TZH 60 - Empowering women clam harvesters

    06/03/2020 Duración: 05min

    300 kilometers south of Tunis, in the Gulf of Gabes, women have long harvested clams to generate an income. The seasonal work is often labor intensive and poorly paid. That is why FAO, in collaboration with the Tunisian government and a local women’s association, have created a pilot project to support the women in securing a fairer price for their clams, and it’s having all kinds of other benefits.  

  • TZH 59 - 'Worst Desert Locust outbreak in decades'

    14/02/2020 Duración: 04min

    It’s the worst Desert Locust outbreak in decades for many countries in the Horn of Africa. Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are most affected by the locust swarms. To date, the swarms have spread to a total of seven countries, including nearby Djibouti, Eritrea and Uganda. As the situation continues to deteriorate, FAO warns there’s a growing risk the pests could migrate to more neighboring countries. Report: Charlotta Lomas, FAO  

  • TZH 58 - Blue innovators: Plastic made from fish

    20/01/2020 Duración: 02min

    In 2013, FAO launched the Blue Growth Initiative, which supports the development of aquatic resources and the communities that depend on them. Today, innovators across the globe are coming up with new and exciting ways to harness the ocean’s resources sustainably, from blue fish fashion to the medical use of fish skin. These creative inventions offer potential alternative income generating opportunities for fisheries communities worldwide. Lucy Hughes is the inventor of MarinaTex, a bioplastic made from fish waste. The graduate student's innovation won the 2019 James Dyson Award. Producer: Charlotta Lomas, FAO.

  • TZH 57 - Montenegro’s mountains - where tourism meets tradition

    05/12/2019 Duración: 07min

    In Montenegro, smallholder farmers rely heavily on traditional agriculture practices for their livelihoods. So much so, that a poor blueberry harvest or honey season can have devastating impacts on rural households. That’s why the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)are rolling out a project there that links rural farming households with agritourism. The project aims to diversify the incomes of farmers in small villages across the region as well as promote Montenegrin cuisine and preserve traditional food production practices. And it’s having all kinds of positive impacts, particularly on young people, as FAO’s Charlotta Lomas has been finding out.

  • TZH 56 - Agriculture key to reducing emissions

    29/11/2019 Duración: 06min

    The agriculture sector is a major contributor to global warming. If the world is to keep to 1.5°C warming targets by the end of the century, reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the agriculture sector is key. As world leaders convene in Madrid this week for the United Nations climate summit, COP25, Alex Jones, director of the Climate and Environment Division at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), says agriculture is firmly on the climate agenda. Editor/Producer: Charlotta Lomas

  • TZH 55 - UN Special Envoy for the Ocean: We need radical change

    20/11/2019 Duración: 07min

    The state of world’s ocean is in decline. From overfishing and pollution to climate change, the threats to ocean health are many and varied. That’s why the UN Secretary General created a Special Envoy for the Ocean. Listen to the full interview with Ambassador Peter Thomson. Host/Producer: Charlotta Lomas, FAO. Sound: Eric Deleu, FAO.

  • TZH 54 - Building resilience on Colombia's border

    04/11/2019 Duración: 07min

    La Guajira, Colombia’s northernmost region, is dry with desert landscapes. It’s prone to drought and food insecurity particularly in rural areas. In recent years, the economic crisis in neighboring Venezuela has pushed over a million migrants across the border, including 165,000 people into La Guajira. The influx of migrants has put a strain on host communities, where food is limited and natural resources scarce. That’s why in 2018, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)’s Early Warning Early Action team decided to act. Producers & Presenters: Anais Hotin & Charlotta Lomas.

  • TZH 53 - How to tackle food loss and waste?

    14/10/2019 Duración: 05min

    Every year, around one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. Food loss and waste has all kinds of consequences for economies, food security and the environment. A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, explains where exactly these losses are occurring along the food chain, from farm to fork, and how countries are stepping up to tackle the problem. Andrea Cattaneo, a senior economist at FAO, outlines the report. Interveiw: Charlotta Lomas

  • TZH 52 - Youth demand climate action

    19/09/2019 Duración: 02min

    Young people from around the world share their concerns about their future and call for greater action on climate change. Producer: Charlotta Lomas, FAO.

  • TZH 51 - Peace, critical to tackling hunger

    18/09/2019 Duración: 06min

    In 2018, conflict was the major driver of food crises in 21 countries, affecting around 74 million people. Contributing to peace is therefore critical to tackling hunger. FAO experts Julius Jackson and Philip Priestley discuss the importance of conflict sensitive approaches to humanitarian work. Interview: Charlotta Lomas, FAO

  • TZH 50 – African Swine Fever spreads to the Philippines

    13/09/2019 Duración: 06min

    African Swine Fever is spreading fast throughout Asia and has already affected several countries. Recent data from the field reveals outbreaks in Myanmar and now also the Philippines. More than 5 million pigs in Asia have died from the disease or been culled to counter its spread. Experts fear that that number will rise and warn of increased food insecurity in the region. FAO animal health expert Juan Lubroth takes stock of the situation. Interview: Charlotta Lomas

  • TZH 49 - The women working in crises

    14/08/2019 Duración: 05min

    Celebrating women humanitarians is the theme of this year’s World Humanitarian Day (August 19), a day to honor humanitarian efforts worldwide and to rally support for people affected by crises. One country with exceptionally high humanitarian needs is the Democratic Republic of Congo. According to UN figures, this year alone 12.8 million people in DRC will need humanitarian aid as a result of protracted conflict and violence, and the risk of cholera and Ebola. In this podcast, FAO’s Silvia Risi talks about her humanitarian work in DRC and what it means to be a woman humanitarian. Host/Producer: Charlotta Lomas

  • In conversation with José Graziano da Silva

    31/07/2019 Duración: 05min

    Fighting hunger and all forms of malnutrition has been the mandate of José Graziano da Silva during his eight years as FAO Director General. As the UN agency enters a new leadership phase, we sit down with Mr Graziano da Silva to reflect on his time as Director General of FAO.

  • TZH 48 - Why is hunger still on the rise?

    11/07/2019 Duración: 06min

    The number of hungry people worldwide continues to rise steadily according to the latest joint UN report The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019. FAO Senior Economist Cindy Holleman explains the trends and how it’s still possible to achieve Zero Hunger.  Interview: Charlotta Lomas.

  • TZH 47 - Refugee numbers on the rise

    20/06/2019 Duración: 07min

    There are more than 70 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, which is the highest level in almost 70 years according to UNHCR figures. For World Refugee Day (20 June), we hear from expert Julius Jackson about how FAO responds to protracted crises and helps to support refugees. Interview: Charlotta Lomas

  • TZH 46 - How do you tackle illegal fishing?

    31/05/2019 Duración: 06min

    Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is worth an estimated US$23 billion annually, but it’s wreaking havoc on marine resources and the environment. The Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), introduced in 2016, aims to tackle this global problem. It's the first binding international agreement that specifically targets illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. To date, 87 States are party to the treaty, with more to follow. To explain how the treaty works, we hear from Manuel Barange, director of Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Matthew Camilleri, senior fisheries officer at FAO.  

  • TZH 45 - It's not just about the honey

    20/05/2019 Duración: 06min

    What would a world without bees look like? For this year's World Bee Day (20th May) we talk to FAO’s Abram Bicksler about the importance of pollinators for ensuring the world's food security. Producer/Host: Charlotta Lomas Sound technician: Eric Deleu

  • TZH 44 - Is fish the new fashion?

    25/03/2019 Duración: 05min

    Lake Turkana is the largest desert salt lake in the world. Situated in Kenya’s northernmost region, the remote lake is rich in biodiversity and is a lifeline for the isolated communities whose economic opportunities there are few and far between. But a local entrepreneur, has come up with novel idea to turn fish skins that would otherwise be discarded – into profit. This Blue Growth initiative is being supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Producers: Anais Hotin, Charlotta Lomas, Annie Ho & Eric Deleu. Presenters: Charlotta Lomas, Anais Hotin.

  • TZH 43 - Why forests matter to kids

    21/03/2019 Duración: 02min

    Educating children and young people about forests is critical to safeguarding the world's natural resources for future generations. For International Day of Forests (March 21, 2019), students at St George's British International School in Rome, share their views on why forests matter to them. Interview: Charlotta Lomas, FAO

  • TZH 42 - Closing the gender gap

    08/03/2019 Duración: 05min

    International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women worldwide and to shine a light on persistent gender inequality. We still have a long way to go in closing the global gender gap, particularly when it comes to the agriculture sectors. Women represent 45 percent of the total agricultural labor force, yet fall short of having the same rights as men to economic and social opportunities. Tacko Ndiaye, FAO's Senior Gender Officer, explains. Interview: Charlotta Lomas

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