Science key to food system overhaul, UN summit hears

Jul 31 2021


Science and innovation must be at the centre of global food system transformation to drive sustainable agricultural productivity and ensure food security and better nutrition for all, a UN meeting has heard.

Speakers at the UN Food Systems Pre-Summit in Rome, Italy, this week also called for more political goodwill towards adopting science-based, pro-poor policies for tackling challenges in the global agri-food sector to avert an imminent global food crisis.

Commenting from the sidelines of the summit on Wednesday, Claudia Sadoff, managing director of research delivery and impact at global research organisation CGIAR, said food systems must not only produce enough to feed a growing population, but also address rising levels of malnutrition with increasingly scarce natural resources.

“Science and innovation can help realise the vision of global food futures that resolve the complex and interconnected challenges we face today.”

Claudia Sadoff, CGIAR

“We must move food systems from a carbon source to a carbon sink, while also providing decent livelihoods for farmers, producers and all actors across the value chain,” Sadoff said. “Science and innovation can help realise the vision of global food futures that resolve the complex and interconnected challenges we face today — including climate, conflict and COVID-19.”
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Source: Science Dev