Global Lead – Technology & Entrepreneurship Sight and Life
With population in Asia expected to exceed 5 billion by 2035, the pressure is set to increase on both agriculture and public health. To keep up with this growth, more food will have to be produced over the next 50 years than has been during the past 10,000 years combined. Bold changes will be inevitable in policy, business, civil society and consumers. But, would addressing food or diet alone solve the problem? Do the diets that majority of people around the world consume provide sufficient nutrient-dense and safe food for all stages of the life-course? If that were so, we would not be seeing 2 billion people affected by Hidden Hunger. Hidden Hunger refers to a lack or loss of dietary quality that leaves individuals or populations with deficiencies in essential micronutrients which negatively impact on health, cognition, function, survival and economic potential. The issues are complex and interrelated, requiring collaborative solutions addressing production, consumption and utilization of nutritious food. We need innovative approaches to ensure food and nutrition security, including both quantity and quality. Quantity and quality are like two peas in a pod: they are intimately connected and must be considered together.
On April 1, 2016, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed a UN Decade of Action on Nutrition, to run from 2016 to 2025. The resolution calls for collaboration between a wide group of actors. We are sure as eggs is eggs that collaborative partnerships across disciplines and sectors are the way to build sustainable and resilient food systems. We hope that this session will give you some food for thought about these approaches, and we look forward to hearing your perspectives!
- An overview of the food and nutrition security in Asia.
- Perspectives on successful strategies to build sustainable and scalable initiatives towards food and nutrition security.
- Collaborative partnerships and market-based or public health models to have a bold impact in the next decade.