Can we be more innovative in how we approach rural transformation? That was the key question in my mind after attending a Side Event on the topic, part of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS) held in Rome this week.
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.
Every country addresses food security and nutrition issues from different perspectives and not all countries have the same capacities to overcome adversity and emergencies. What is needed are initiatives that develop and reinforce national capacities in order to improve the food security status of the vulnerable populations.