Since 2015, the world has seen an increase in hunger and malnutrition. More than 700 million people are suffering from extreme poverty despite the fact that it is declining, and 265 million are on the verge of hunger, which has not been seen since the Second World War. This is despite the fact that the UN has set a goal of «zero hunger» by 2030.
The pandemic has demonstrated how fragile and vulnerable complex food value chains and global food systems are.
In September — October 2021, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will convene a Food Systems Summit, at which participants will discuss further actions to implement 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
On September 25th, 2015, the UN General Assembly approved the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes the implementation of 17 goals to ensure a balance of the three components of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental.
The main question is whether the world is ready for radical changes to resist global systemic challenges and to transform food systems, or whether precision farming and oligopolistic control will continue to prevail over the world agriculture. The summit will show.
«It is unacceptable that hunger intensifies when more than 1 billion tons of food is thrown into landfills in the world every year. The time has come to change the patterns of production and consumption ... », - A.Guterres, UN Secretary General
Official website: Food Systems Summit 2021