Nobel laureates join forces with FAO in Rome

FAO and Nobel laureates unite to outline links between food security and peace.

Four Nobel laureates will highlight the critical links between food security and peace at an event hosted by the Rome-based United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Wednesday 11 May.

The launch of the FAO-Nobel Peace Laureates Alliance for Food Security and Peace will see FAO unite with the Nobel laureates to tackle hunger and violence by strengthening the links between peace and food security.

FAO blames ongoing military conflicts for devastating agricultural crops and livestock, causing food shortages in war zones in Africa and the Middle East.

The Nobel laureates include the former president of Costa Rica Oscar Arias Sánchez, acclaimed for his efforts to stop civil wars in Central America in the late 1980s; Yemeni women’s rights activist and peace advocate Tawakkol Karman; Northern Irish peace activist Betty Williams; and Muhammad Yunus, the founder of the Bangladesh community development bank which provides the poor with small loans without requiring collateral.