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World Summit on food systems convened at the UN

World Summit on food systems convened at the UN

United Nations, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) The Secretary General of the UN, António Guterres, called today for a World Summit on food systems in September, after spreading an alarming report on the increase in hunger at the global level.
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The headline warned that 720 to 811 million people worldwide faced hunger in 2020, up to 161 million more than in 2019.

He also stressed that addressing hunger and malnutrition cannot be done in isolation from other global challenges, as many are interconnected, as recognized in the 2030 Agenda.

This is the time to fulfill our promise: in a world of abundance, we have no excuse why billions of people do not have access to a healthy diet, that is unacceptable, said the Secretary General of the United Nations.

Guterres called for unity to generate an urgent change and considered that the next pre-Summit in Rome, at the end of this month, will help define some strategies to address hunger, the climate emergency, inequality and conflict, transforming food systems .

Hunger soared amid the Covid-19 pandemic and food shortages left around 10 percent of the world’s population undernourished, a UN report on food security warned today.

According to the report presented on Monday, the hunger crisis worsened dramatically due to the health crisis.

Currently, details that document, more than half of all malnourished people live in Asia, but the most pronounced increase in hunger was recorded in Africa.

From 720 to 811 million people suffered from hunger in 2020, and it is urgent to transform agri-food systems so that everyone has access to the meals they need, highlights the research of several UN agencies.

The 2021 report was developed under the theme ‘Transforming food systems for food security, improving nutrition and healthy diets affordable for all.’

The research was a collaboration of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the World Food Program and the World Health Organization.


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