UN says 3 billion people do not have access to a healthy diet

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), other United Nations (UN) organizations and international leaders highlighted this Friday the importance of a healthy diet, which 3 billion people in the world do not have access, during the celebration of World Food Day.

The Secretary General of the UN, António Guterres, joined the “call to action to achieve food security»Of the FAO, while Pope Francis demanded« to overcome market logic, avidly focused on mere economic profit and on reducing food to just another commodity »in an act in which the astronaut Thomas Pesquet also participated from the Station International Space.

The fight against food waste It was one of the key points of the ceremony organized by FAO to honor in this edition the “food heroes” who continued during the most critical moments of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lost food

“Globally, about 4 billion tons of food are produced per year, enough to feed the whole world. But 630 million are lost due to poor storage and a third of food is wasted, which represents a cost of 3,000 million dollars, “said the executive director of the UN World Food Program (WFP), David Beasley.

And he recalled that 811 million people in the world suffer from chronic hunger and 42 million people in 43 countries are “literally on the brink of famine.”

To combat «this hunger pandemic«, Beasley reiterated the request of the PMA of “an additional $ 6.6 billion to help these people.”

“It is unacceptable that 10% of the planet’s population still goes to bed hungry,” criticized the president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Gilbert Houngbo, who highlighted the role of small producers as guarantors of the food supply in the toughest moments of the pandemic.

Youth can change systems

The Director General of FAO, Qu Dongyu, highlighted the fundamental role of young people in the change towards sustainable agri-food systems and guaranteeing food to everyone to meet the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of Zero Hunger of the 2030 Agenda.

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“There are 1.8 billion people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world and young people make up 90% of the population in developing countries. This is unlimited potential! “, He stressed, although he called for the commitment of” everyone “to” harmonize our relationship with nature. “

He also advocated “better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life without leaving anyone behind.”

Leaders repeatedly referred to the UN Food Systems Summit, held on September 21 in New York, as an “opportunity” to meet and agree to “transform food systems,” in Houngbo’s words.

The President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, in a statement read at the event, gave as an example the declaration of Matera, approved at the meeting of Foreign Ministers of the G20 under the Italian presidency, as a useful tool towards the «coalition for the food”.