World food day it is not only a reminder of the importance of what we eat for everyone on the planet, but also “a call to action to achieve global food security,” the UN chief said in his message on this day on Friday.
Celebrated annually on October 15th, Secretary General António Guterres noted that at present, nearly 40 percent of humanity, about three billion people, cannot afford healthy food.
And as hunger, malnutrition and obesity rise, the economic impact COVID-19 “Made the bad situation worse,” he said, noting that the pandemic has deprived another 140 million people “of access to the food they need.”
For people and the planet
At the same time, the way we produce, consume and discard food is taking a huge toll on our planet.
“This is putting historic pressure on our natural resources, climate and environment and is costing us trillions of dollars a year,” the UN chief warned.
Referring to this year’s theme that the power of change is in our hands, he stated that “our actions are our future.”
Turn commitment into action
The UN chief recalled that during the summit, “countries made bold commitments” to make healthy food more affordable and affordable, and food systems “more efficient, sustainable and sustainable at every stage.”
“We can all change the way we eat food and make healthier choices – for ourselves and our planet,” said the Secretary General. “There is hope in our food systems.”
The agri-food system includes all activities related to the production, processing, distribution, preparation and consumption of food.
According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is what we play a role in every time we eat: “The food we choose, and the way we produce, prepare, prepare and store it, makes us an integral and active part of how the agri-food system works. … “.
In a healthy and resilient agri-food system, local market shelves are filled with nutritious food but spend less and the supply chain is more resilient to shocks such as extreme weather, price surges or pandemics – all without degrading environmental degradation or climate. the change.
“In fact, sustainable agri-food systems provide food security and nutrition for all without compromising the economic, social and environmental foundations for future generations,” the UN Agriculture Agency said. “They lead to better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life for all.