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FAO Director-General calls for global food systems deep change

18.01.2019 14:07 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) As of this week, the most important scientific dissemination event in Latin America- Congresso Futuro- is taking place within Santiago (Chile), FAO reports. As to the report, the Congress was participated by FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva together with international experts dedicated to promoting healthy and sustainable food systems. As to the report, while speaking within the Congress, da Silva said obesity and other forms of malnutrition will continue to boost worldwide if there is no deep change of the food systems. Reportedly, he said that the problem of hunger and overweight in the world is not the lack of food, but the lack of access to healthy and nutritious food for the entire population. «The paradox is that today we have almost the same number of hungry people as obese people and the latter figure is growing rapidly,» he noted. As to the report, FAO Director General stressed that the reason behind the increase in both hunger and obesity is that our food systems are not providing healthy diets. «The current food systems do not work, they are designed for something other than guaranteeing good nutrition. Our challenge is to redesign them,» he said. Food systems, he explained, include the chain and links stretching from soils, production an dstorage to distribution and even beyond retail consumption both in homes and restaurants. «There is a part that is not visible and that is the one that has more power, a superstructure that conditions healthy diets. I refer to institutions, laws and regulatory frameworks,» he said. As to the report, da Silva called for rapid and decisive joint action with governments, the private sector, civil society, academia and research. «We all have a role to play to ensure food security,» he said.

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