At the 1974 World Food Congress in Rome, Henry Kissinger declared that in 10 years no child would go to bed hungry. Although his prediction did not come true, the decades that followed marked steady progress against hunger.
Hunger is a complex problem. This podcast interview explains what the UN Food and Agriculture Organization is doing to tackle this complex challenge, while protecting the environment and empowering vulnerable people.
The lack of data has been a major cause for inaction. Without knowing how much food is lost where, we can’t know which interventions would be effective.
If we want to envision a world free of hunger and malnutrition, we need sustainable trade with clear rules. Incentives for agricultural producers must change, too.
Unfortunately, countries keep subsidizing products of low nutritious content, favoring staple foods over fresh produce. This has a negative effect on nutrition and dietary diversity, often where they are most needed.
SOFI 2019 begins to track a new indicator, FIES, that goes beyond hunger and includes those affected by “moderate” food insecurity. Given the broader scope, this indicator will help make the report more useful for policymakers in reducing food insecurity and malnutrition.