Nearly three billion people, about 40% of the world’s population, cannot afford a healthy diet, and another billion would join their ranks if unforeseen events cut their incomes by a third, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reported. (FAO).. This happened during the launch of a new report on healthy nutrition.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) State of Food and Agriculture 2021 report – “Increasing the resilience of agricultural and food systems to shocks and stresses” states that unexpected shocks will continue to undermine these systems without adequate preparation.
The “FAO” stressed the need for countries to make their systems more resilient to sudden shocks, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, which played a major role in the recent global hunger wave..
“The pandemic has exposed both the resilience and fragility of our agri-food systems,” said FAO Director General Qu Dongyu.“.
The United Nations agency “FAO” stressed the urgent need to make it more resistant to shocks, including extreme weather events and a sharp rise in plant and animal diseases and pests..
“While food production and supply chains have historically been vulnerable to extreme weather events, armed conflict or increases in global food prices, the frequency and severity of these shocks are increasing,” the organization added in its report..
In addition, the report indicated that disruption to vital transport lines could lead to a rise in food prices for about 845 million people..
The report also included country-level indicators in more than 100 Member States, analyzing factors such as transport networks, trade flows and the availability of healthy and diversified food, while low-income countries generally face much greater challenges, middle-income countries are also at risk, noting that even high-income countries such as Australia and Canada are at risk because of the long distances involved in food distribution.