The world has been put on notice that there is no time to waste in achieving the goal of food systems transformation.
COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on people with obesity
and noncommunicable diseases
such as diabetes. The pandemic has underlined the importance of the food environment
and healthy food intake
. It has shown the urgent need for effective policies to make sure that everyone can get enough nutritious food – and particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.
where women are most marginalized, discriminated under the law and where gendered norms prevent women from owning property and resources, people are also the hungriest. This is because gender equality and food systems are intertwined.
When it comes to food security, the challenge is not always about producing more - it’s also about quality: producing food that is wholesome and preserved safely.
Building inclusive and healthier food systems, and safeguarding the health of the planet will be some of the key priorities at the first-ever Food Systems Summit next year.
Between 2010 and 2012, 868 million people worldwide were deemed hungry by a conservative definition. This figure represents only a small fraction of the world’s population whose health and lives are blighted by malnutrition.