Year 2022 finds us with an ongoing pandemic, conflict, a climate that won’t stop warming, rising prices and international tensions. This is affecting global food security.
We need to build a sustainable world where everyone, everywhere has regular access to enough nutritious food.
No one should be left behind.
Although we have made progress towards building a better world, too many people have been left behind. People who are unable to benefit from human development, innovation or economic growth.
In fact, millions of people around the world cannot afford a healthy diet, putting them at high risk of food insecurity and malnutrition. But ending hunger isn’t only about supply. Enough food is produced today to feed everyone on the planet.
The problem is access and availability of nutritious food, which is increasingly impeded by multiple challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic, conflict, climate change, inequality, rising prices and international tensions. People around the world are suffering the domino effects of challenges that know no borders.
Worldwide, more than 80 percent of the extreme poor live in rural areas and many rely on agriculture and natural resources for their living. They are usually the hardest hit by natural and man-made disasters and often marginalized due to their gender, ethnic origin, or status. It is a struggle for them to gain access to training, finance, innovation and technologies.
Better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life.
Our globalized world is one where our economies, cultures, and populations are becoming increasingly interconnected. Some of us are vulnerable because of who we are or where we live, but the reality is that we are all fragile. When someone is left behind, a chain is broken. This impacts not only the life of that person, but also ours.
In the face of global crises, global solutions are needed more than ever. By aiming for better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, we can transform agrifood systems and build forward better by implementing sustainable and holistic solutions that consider development in the long term, inclusive economic growth, and greater resilience.
Our actions are our future
A sustainable world is one where everyone counts.
Governments, the private sector, academia, and civil society and individuals need to work together in solidarity to prioritize the right of all people to food, nutrition, peace and equality. Indeed, every one of us, including youth, can work towards an inclusive and sustainable future, showing greater empathy and kindness in our actions.
We must ALL be the change.
Some facts about food and nutrition across the world:
1. Approximately 1/3rd of all food produced worldwide, about $ 1 trillion dollars around the world is wasted.
2. According to a joint report by the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank and the UNICEF the wasting prevalence in 2017 was estimated at almost 8 percent across the globe.
3. One in eight people in the world today are undernourished while 1.9 billion people in the world are overweight.
4. Though India is gifted with enough agricultural lands and resources and also produces enough food, yet the food does not reach so many hungry women and children in the rural villages and remote corners of India. India ranks 100th among 119 countries in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2017, and it has been consistently ranked very poorly.
5. As per United Nations 820 million people suffer from hunger and 155 million children are chronically malnourished.
6. In Asia around two-thirds of the people are hungry and two billion people from all parts of the world are suffering from malnutrition.
7. In every five seconds a child dies due to a hunger-related disease.
8. According to UNICEF approximately 3.1 million children die from undernutrition each year.
9. According to the Global Hunger Index (GHI), 52 countries are suffering from serious or alarming levels of hunger.
10. By 2050 the climate change and erratic weather patterns may push another 24 million into hunger since agriculture is directly related to climate change.