The dual burdens of malnutrition and over-nutrition, indicative of the global nutrition crisis, highlight inefficiencies in our food systems. 2.4 billion people face food insecurity, while 670 million adults are overweight and children are the worst affected. Contemporary food systems, focusing on volume and profit over nutritional worth, make healthy diets unaffordable for nearly 40% of the population. Globalization, urbanization, and climate change worsen the crisis, increasing diet-related disease rates.
To address this, we need solutions prioritizing nutrition and health in our food systems. This transformative shift, however, entails challenges and trade-offs. Still, the potential benefits surpass these hurdles. Increasingly, international stakeholders are uniting, exchanging innovative strategies in platforms like the Leadership Dialogue and advocating for a systems approach. Governments are central to this transformation, as they can shape food availability through policies. Battling the nutrition crisis is a collective responsibility and only through unified efforts can we promote affordable, healthy food systems, ensuring a brighter future for all.
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