Rome (AP) — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Monday that climate change and conflict were the consequences, driving poverty, income inequality and food prices.
Guterres also said at a conference in Rome that the world’s food system produces one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions. That same system accounts for 80% of biodiversity loss, he lamented in a video message.
The rally was convened to help prepare for the United Nations Food System Summit in September in New York.
Earlier this month, the United Nations reported that up to 161 million people faced hunger last year compared to 2019, and much of their extended suffering could be related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Poverty, income inequality, and high food costs keep healthy eating out of the reach of about 3 billion people,” Guterres said. “Climate change and conflict are the result and impetus of this catastrophe.”
The International Fund for Agricultural Development calls on decision makers to “address the failure of the food system” and starves hundreds of millions of people poorly. IFAD is a United Nations agency aimed at supporting small-scale agriculture.
IFAD said the food system needs to be “fundamentally changed” to ensure access to healthy food at an affordable price. The local people must be at the center. “
According to a UN report earlier this month, as many as 811 million people faced hunger in 2020.
Guterres said preparatory work in Rome would help set the course for the last decade of action and a “fair and sustainable recovery from COVID-19.”
Such efforts carry a considerable monetary price tag.
The Chief Economist of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, based in Rome, said that removing 100 million people from chronic malnutrition would require an additional $ 14 billion annually through 2030, according to the United Nations. He states that it takes nearly three times that to reach the goal. Zero hunger by 2030.
According to UN projections, the target has not been met with a margin of about 660 million, and that number of about 30 million could be “related to the sustained impact of the pandemic.”