At the beginning of 2021, food has found its way back to the centre of the global agenda. The World Food Programme was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the UN Secretary-General’s Food Systems Summit in September 2021 was announced as a people and solutions summit. Yet the looming threat remains that the COVID-19 pandemic will lead us from an economic to a food crisis.
In 2020, the world benefited from a series of good harvests, offsetting major effects on food supply. However, with predictions that an additional 130 million people were facing acute food insecurity by the end of 2020 and with frailties in the production and supply of food increasingly coming to the fore, there is no room for complacency. As we look ahead, it is more important than ever to nurture and scale a portfolio of resilience-ready, healthy and nutritious, inclusive and sustainable solutions for food.
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3 urgent actions to redesign the future of food in 2021