By 2050, 66% of the world’s population will be urban, and that’s going to have a big impact on food systems. The rapid growth of cities is driving the development of new urban food policies, in which cities can take more responsibility for food security and nutrition.
Sometimes the smallest, seemingly insignificant things can have big meanings. I will not forget the moment that someone complimented me for the carrots I cooked for dinner. I cook very often, since I love to do it. Polite people regularly give compliments, sometimes even without really meaning it.
The variety of food on the supermarket shelves make today’s world “chooser-friendly”. When I want to buy tomatoes, for example, I’m always looking for the perfect ones (shiny, round, dark red, with the green leaves on top). As consumers, we have a right to choose what to eat or buy and where to buy. We even have a right to judge by appearance.
On Wednesday 19th of October, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was to make some key decisions on advancing nutrition. Egypt has played a leading role in the CFS’s engagement in this area. As an Egyptian, I was particularly interested in knowing more about the process so far. I spoke with Mr. Khaled El Taweel, Egypt’s Representative ahead of the Wednesday session.
Nutrition is synonymous with food security. People often discuss food security and nutrition as two linked topics but their relationship is much closer than that. Good nutrition is a cornerstone of good health and sustainable development throughout the world according to the Standing Committee on Nutrition of the United Nations.
Policy recommendations provided by the World Committee on Food Security (CFS) are not legally binding; implementation is up to country members. Let’s skip the talks about why this should be done at all and imagine that all politicians agreed to actively take the CFS recommendations forward.
This week marked a milestone for the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). For the first time since its reform, it recognised the role of livestock in addressing malnutrition, sustainable agriculture and climate change.