Today, the food system faces several challenges. Around 815 million people in the world are starving while 2.1 billion people are obese or overweight. One-third of the global food production is wasted or lost along the food chain. Despite widespread hunger, a large portion of crop and food production is funneled into animal feed and biofuels rather than feeding people.
Addressing these paradoxes is critical and complex. It requires a globally coordinated and unified dialogue to identify and implement concrete solutions that leverage existing resources and knowledge.
The Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation and the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN) will co-host the International Forum on Food and Nutrition, which will be held on 28 September 2018 at the Barnard College – Columbia University, New York City, USA. The event will be held immediately following the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA73).
The conference will look at global food system and nutrition issues from three perspectives:
- How to address the global nutrition crisis and food paradoxes?
Data shows great contrast in food production and distribution trends around the world, setting up the paradoxes that a global society must address to achieve sustainable food systems. The causes, barriers, and opportunities to address this global concern will be explored.
- The role agri-food systems and rural development play in global migration
Global migration, specifically in the Mediterranean region, is impacting the development of sustainable food systems and rural progress. The role of migration and geopolitics on sustainable food systems will be discussed.
- Identifying food sustainability models and actionable solutions, that can be applied at the global and local level, to achieve a sustainable food future.