Overcoming the Challenges of Hunger and Food Security across Asia

Event Details
  • June 5th, Tuesday, 11:30am - 1:00pm
  • Breakout Room 330
Georgia McCafferty

Georgia McCafferty

Managing Editor Client Branded Programmes The Economist Group

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Session Description

Each year, malnutrition claims the lives of almost 3 million children and costs the global economy over $3 trillion in lost productivity and health care costs. To counter this, on April 1, 2016, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed a UN Decade of Action on Nutrition, to run from 2016 to 2025. The resolution calls for collaboration between a wide group of actors collaborative partnerships across disciplines and sectors are the way to build sustainable and resilient food systems.

These collaborations are necessary to combat the myriad of issues that insufficient nutrition creates across the Asia Pacific Region, whether it be the 2 billion people affected by Hidden Hunger, a lack or loss of dietary quality that leaves individuals or populations with deficiencies in essential micronutrients which negatively impact on health, cognition, function, survival and economic potential. Many countries in the region also still face high to very high incidents of stunting in their populations.

The issues are complex and interrelated, requiring collaborative solutions addressing production, consumption and utilization of nutritious food. We need innovative approaches to ensure food and nutrition security, including both quantity and quality. Quantity and quality are like two peas in a pod: they are intimately connected and must be considered together.

To read more about Partnerships & Sustainable Innovations in Solving Hunger, read the blog post by Kellogg’s.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding the landscape in Asia-Pacific on the key issues of nutrition, food security and hunger
  • Unlocking the barriers and challenges that must be tackled to see real progress in these goals
  • Perspectives on successful strategies to build sustainable and scalable initiatives towards improving outcomes
  • Showcasing Innovative approaches and collaborative partnerships which will have a bold impact in the next decade towards solving the issue of hunger

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