The international community must come together to ensure the world’s food system is sustainable for future generations.

 

We are currently not sustainable

 

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) says it is not sustainable to keep using more land, water and energy in food production methods that harm the environment and human health.

“In some countries, there is hunger and in others obesity,” says director general, Shenggen Fan. “The food system is not helping smallholders in poor areas or young people and women in developing countries to find jobs.”

Governments, the private sector and national citizens can improve food sustainability and reduce consumption, he says.

“In some countries, there is hunger and in others obesity.”

“People in developed and emerging economies are consuming too much animal protein and eating large amounts of staple foods such as wheat and rice,” he says. “Governments must stop subsidising food staples so people are encouraged to eat a balanced diet with more fruit, vegetables and fish.”

 

We need to be working together

 

IFPRI wants more robust climate, water, energy and food policies and enhanced bio-safety systems to improve food and nutrition security.

“Advancements in areas such as biotechnology can help, with new varieties of crops that make more efficient use of land and use less water and energy, and are climate resilient,” says Fan.