World Food Day: sustainable agri-food systems
More than three billion people, almost 40 percent of the international population, cannot access a healthy diet, FAO recalled on World Food Day this October 16.
The date, one of the most celebrated on the international calendar since 1979, commemorates the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), established in 1945. "Grow, nurture, preserve, together" is the theme of the conference this year, remembered in more than 150 countries and aimed at building a future with enough nutritious, safe and affordable food for all, based on sustainable agri-food systems.
These schemes provide food security and nutrition for all, without compromising the economic, social and environmental foundations for future generations, explains FAO and assures that they lead to “better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life for everybody".
Existing agri-food systems employ one billion people worldwide, more than any other economic sector, and put unnecessary pressure on natural resources, the environment and the climate. Furthermore, 34 percent of the food produced is reported to be thrown away, in a world where more than 811 million people are currently food insecure.
The COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated the situation and it is reported that currently about 690 million people suffer from famine, 10 million more than in 2019. In this regard, FAO calls for reconverting old policies and adopting new ones that promote the sustainable production of affordable nutritious food and that promote farmer participation.
Among the aspects that should be included, he points to the promotion of equality and learning, innovation, rural incomes, safety nets for small farmers and climate resilience.
The date is traditionally celebrated in Cuba with various actions aimed at promoting awareness of the need to raise, diversify and improve agri-food productions.