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Ambassador Dr. Hinrich Thölken has been the Permanent Representative of Germany to FAO since August 2015.

Botschafter Dr. Hinrich Thölken
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Dear Visitor,

When the international community adopted Agenda 2030 in 2015 we have set ourselves an ambitious roadmap.

Sustainable Development Goal No 2 requires us to eliminate hunger in all forms by 2030.

To reach this goal requires a tremendous effort and a transformative shift: Today, almost 800 mio people go hungry, every day.

It is mostly people in the least developed countries who suffer from food shortages, hunger and malnutrition. We want to help people to help themselves, we want to give effective food assistance in times of natural disasters , droughts and conflict situations and we aim to give perspectives for a sustainable development in economic, ecological and social terms in particular to those most in need.

We are dealing with global challenges. The consequences of climate change, land degradation and increased pressure on natural resources undermine food production and jeopardize food security. At the same time, hunger, poverty and discontent risk to destabilize societies, countries and regions. Increasing Urbanization poses new challenges for the development of rural areas and shapes the conditions for food production.

The Permanent Representation is Germany’s link to the Food and Agricultural Organization FAO, the World Food Program WFP and the International Fund for Agricultural Development IFAD. Our work is focused on sustainable development, food security as well as humanitarian and food assistance.

Within the Permanent Representation in Rome colleagues from three government ministries come together to work towards these goals.

Please take a moment to learn about our exciting and highly relevant work. If you need more information please do not hesitate to contact us.

Dr. Hinrich Thölken


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