Why we need to recover better
In 2019, an estimated 690 million people did not have enough food to eat – up by 10 million from 2018, and by nearly 60 million in five years. At the same time, more than 3 billion people could not afford a healthy diet – causing a rise in malnutrition, under-nutrition and/or obesity.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put another 130 million people at risk of starvation by the end of 2020. The world was not on track to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 even before COVID-19. In fact, pre-pandemic trends in food security meant that more than 840 million people could be affected by hunger by 2030.
Profound changes in our food and agriculture systems are needed to meet the unprecedented challenges to food security and nutrition, and to meet the demands of a growing world population, says the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
In 2021, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will convene the Food Systems Summit – with a great emphasis on the critical need for resilient food systems that are resistant to volatility and climate shocks.
As we near the end of 2020 and a year of coping with the pandemic, the Goal of the Month editorial looks at the latest content and resources on the future of food and nutrition, and the global movement to end food loss and waste – highlighting initiatives critical to recovery and building resilience.