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August 6th, 2019

José Graziano da Silva, former Director-General of the FAO and Maximo Torero Cullen write:

While hunger remains a scourge, a more complex nutrition problem is looming ever larger.

An estimated 820 million people or 11% of those alive today, suffer from chronic undernourishment. But the number of obese people in the world has been larger since 2016, according to the FAO report launched last month.

Micronutrient deficiencies and overweight affects even vaster swathes of the population, underscoring how we have a lot of work to do to create healthier food systems for all. And all means all – some 8 percent of the people living in Europe and North America do not have regular access to safe nutritious and sufficient food, according to the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES), which also showed more than half the people in Africa- the world’s fastest growing population – suffer moderate food insecurity or worse.

That is morally unacceptable, and carries exorbitant economic costs.

What is happening and what is to be done? Why are markets not supplying what is needed, and how can we help direct all the little fingers hiding behind the invisible hand to contribute to a better outcome?

Here are a few thoughts to try to bring pieces of the puzzle together … Read more