Nutrition Security: Drought, floods, frost disrupting global food supplies ─Report

*As food vulnerability rises and social unrest usually follows in several lands, the United Nations Secretary-General is expected to convene a Food Systems Summit September or October 2021, with the aim of maximising the benefits of a food systems approach across the 2030 Agenda while meeting challenges of climate change across the world

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

As delegates prepare for series of dialogues for the 2021 United Nations Food Systems Pre-Summit, slated for July 26-28, 2021, in Rome, Capital City of Italy, extreme weather is slamming crops across the globe.

ConsumerConnect learnt this development is fast bringing with it the threat of further food inflation at an inauspicious time when costs of living are already hovering near the highest in a decade while hunger is on the rise.

Brazil’s worst frost in two decades has brought a deadly blow to young coffee trees in the world’s biggest grower, according to agency report.

African farmers

Likewise, flooding in several parts of Africa, and China’ key pork region inundated farms and raised the threat of animal disease, whereas scorching heat and drought crushed crops on both sides of the US-Canada border.

Report indicates that in Europe also, especially in Germany and Belgium recently, torrential rains sparked excessive flooding with the risk of fungal diseases for grains and stalled tractors in soaked fields.

Meanwhile, in regard to this year’s Food Security and 2021 UN Food Systems Summit, Mr. António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, is expected to convene September or October 2021, a Food Systems Summit with the aim of maximising the co-benefits of a food systems approach across the entire 2030 Agenda, and meeting the challenges of climate change.

The Summit, ConsumerConnect gathered, aims to provide a platform for ambitious new actions, innovative solutions, and plans to transform food systems and leverage these shifts to deliver progress across all of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

It is envisioned that the Summit will have objectives and outcomes including to:

Raise awareness of food systems’ centrality to the entire sustainable development agenda, and the urgency of transforming food systems, particularly in the wake of a global pandemic;

Align stakeholders around a common understanding and narrative of a food system framework as a foundation for concerted action, making food and food systems a more widespread issue for advocacy and action to achieve the 2030 Agenda;

Recognise the need for inclusivity and innovation in food systems governance and action;

Motivate and empower stakeholders who support food systems transformation through the development of improved tools, measurement, and analysis; and

Catalyse, accelerate, and enlarge bold action for the transformation of food systems by all communities, including countries, cities, companies, civil society, citizens, and food producers.

Therefore, by delivering on these objectives, the 2021 Food Systems Summit is being planned to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to review choices, and be bold on the outcomes, as the global world seeks throughout the Decade of Action, and puts the world on a new trajectory within a generation.

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