Press Release

The UN Marks World Food Day in Palestine

16 October 2022

Today, the UN in Palestine is marking World Food Day at a time when the world is facing a food crisis of unprecedented proportions.

Millions globally are at risk of increasing hunger: all of us must respond at scale to the drivers of this crisis: conflict, climate shocks, and the threat of a global recession.

In Palestine, the United Nations estimates 1.78 million people experience some form of food insecurity, meaning they lack regular access to enough safe and nutritious food for normal growth and development. The World Food Programme estimates that 75 percent (260,000) of the 350,000 Palestinians receiving food assistance in September 2022 resorted to negative coping mechanisms, such as buying less food or going into debt. Increasing costs, limited funding and the need to adapt to climate shocks mean Palestinian farmers may have to reduce production which will inevitably result in only more food insecurity.

The UN is responding to these needs and working with Palestinians to ensure they can develop resilient food systems. In 2021, UNRWA provided over one million Palestinians in Gaza with emergency food assistance. To improve their immediate food and nutritional needs, the World Food Programme supported 6,000 vulnerable people with a range of climate-resilient agricultural assets, such as hydro and aquaponics, greenhouses, livestock, poultry, beehives, and solar panels units,  The Food and Agricultural Organisation supported over 15 000 farmers, fishers and herders, providing farm and dairy equipment, fodder, and investment in the agri-food system.  They also build capacities to increase employment, income, and livelihood resilience.

Food is a basic human need; without it, other development needs cannot be addressed. Only with solidarity and cooperation in promoting sustainable agri-food system development will we see better production, nutrition, environment and lives for every Palestinian household and community. 

Lynn Hastings

Lynn Hastings

Deputy Special Coordinator, UN Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator
UN Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Ms. Lynn Hastings as Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, where she will also serve as the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Ms. Hastings brings to this position over twenty years of experience in humanitarian affairs, development coordination and political affairs. Since 2018 she has served as Deputy Director in the Operations and Advocacy Division of OCHA in New York. Previously, she was Senior Adviser in the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) (2014-2018), Country Director for Pakistan in the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) (2011-2014) and Chief of Staff in the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) (2003-2011). Ms. Hastings has also served as United Nations representative to the Office of the Middle East Quartet Envoy for the Gaza Disengagement, and in senior roles in the United Nations peacekeeping missions in Kosovo and East Timor, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Prior to joining the United Nations, she practiced law in the private sector and conducted legal research for the International Commission of Jurists. Born in Canada, Ms. Hastings holds a Master of Laws from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor as well as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Windsor in Canada.

UN entities involved in this initiative

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
World Food Programme

Goals we are supporting through this initiative