The State of Food and Agriculture: Food Systems for Better Nutrition

Reports
Sectors:
Agriculture, Food Security, Nutrition
Organization:
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Author:
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Region:
Global
Resource Publication Date:
June, 2013
Content Format:
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This year's FAO Flagship report, The State of Food and Agriculture, ​​focuses on malnutrition and the collective need to eradicate this global problem, starting with food and agriculture. Malnutrition has severe consequences both on the individual as well as society as a whole. These consequences are represented in poor growth and development of children which translates to significant economic costs later in life. FAO's report presents the standard and well-known elements of agriculture as essential for the production of food and the raising of incomes, but urges us to go beyond these functions to look at the whole system so that it more effectively makes an impact on malnutrition. The key messages from this report are the following: ​ Malnutrition in all its forms imposes unacceptable high costs on society in human and economic terms Addressing malnutrition requires a multisectoral approach that includes complementary interventions in food systems, public health, and education Within a multisectoral approach, food systems offer many opportunities for interventions leading to improved diets and better nutrition Agricultural production and productivity growth remain essential for better nutrition, but more can be done Both traditional and modern supply chains offer risks and opportunities for achieving better nutrition and more sustainable food systems Consumers ultimately determine what they eat and therefore what the food system produces Better governance of food systems at all levels, facilitated by high-level political support, is needed to build a common vision, to support evidence-based policies, and to promote effective coordination and collaboration through integrated, multisectoral action. This report can be downloaded below: Full document: The State of Food and Agriculture: Food Systems for Better Nutrition​ (pdf) Executive summary: The State of Food and Agriculture: Food Systems for Better Nutrition (pdf)

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