The side event on “Adopting African orphan crops to enhance food security, nutrition and safety” shed light on an exciting project combining traditional crops with innovative scientific research tools. One blogpost wouldn’t have done it justice. Here I explore an important underlying issue: being responsibly innovative.
A new report by the World Food Programme (WFP) signals a change in tackling food security and nutrition in the Americas, one that emphasises capacity development in developing and implementing food security and nutrition policies.
Perhaps the most compelling argument for greater food security is the shocking number of young children in the world who suffer stunting due to malnutrition: an estimated 161 million children below five years of age according to UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank.
Leaving the opening plenary session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) which took place in Rome today, one of the aspects discussed there stuck with me like a gum on the sole of my shoe: the complexity of malnutrition.
Connexus Corporation is working with USAID, CRS, IRG, and Chemonics International to organize a two-day learning event, which will raise awareness of the changing demographics impacting global demand and supply of food, and highlight how food systems are transforming, linking rural to urban markets, and responding to changing food preferences, especially in urban areas of developing countries.
Global food security will require a holistic approach to address socio-political, natural, health, agricultural and food sciences to feed the 9 billion people. The food security challenge will must address the triple burden of malnutrition – undernutrition, obesity and micronutrient deficiencies.
Don’t you think it is amazing that joint replacement operations are possible? Or that pneumonia and tuberculosis are not a death-warrant diagnosis? Anyone who has ever had a bad gastro-intestinal infection would agree: the discovery of antibiotics is one of the most extraordinary achievements in medical science.
Join the Dialogue! Take this unique opportunity to spend a day full of stimulating discussions about the future of food. Topics will range from a micro to macro perspective: How will what I put on my plate affect my health? How is our planet affected by our choices?