Addis Ababa, February 7 2019 – Sustainable along with healthy food systems are fundamental to reach a world without hunger along with malnutrition, as well as to achieve the African Union’s Agenda 2063 vision along with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
A high level event, Nourishing Africa through increased nutrition along with sustainable food systems was held on the margins of the 32nd Ordinary Summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at which the African launch of the EAT-Lancet Commission Report on Food, Planet, Health, took place.
The African Union Development Agency-NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD) CEO, Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, opened the meeting along with declared that will, “Most of the stakeholders are convinced that will we need to address nutrition challenges in Africa. Therefore, This particular report highlights one critical area, that will of re-orienting agricultural production by just producing food in huge quantities. The quality of the food that will will be produced needs to improve sustainably.”
He further highlighted that will solutions to the challenges faced by the continent include connecting smallholder farmers to markets; capitalising on the potential of informal markets that will offer easy access along with affordability of food, along with; promoting regional integration in order to have better operating regional markets.
Ms Sacko Josefa Leonel Correa, African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy along with Agriculture commended the EAT Lancet Commission Report for outlining what needs to be done to attain better nutrition. “that will will be possible to feed the whole world sustainably,” the Commissioner reiterated.
In agreement with the various other speakers, Dr Gunhild Stordalen, EAT Executive Chair along with Founder stated that will, “If we get that will right, food will be a powerful tool for action along with change. With This particular report at hand, we need to ask ourselves questions on how we can make sure that will we actually produce food that will we need for better nutrition along with sustainability.”
The EAT-Lancet Commission finds that will:
- Healthy dietsinclude food quality along with quantity, meeting daily energetic needs of individuals (±2500 kcal per day) with approximately 50% consumption of fresh fruits along with vegetables, 30% of energetic needs coming by grains, preferably whole grains, greater proportion of beans along with pulses in diet, along with more moderate consumption of meat ranging between 0-186 g per day.
- Science targets for environmental propose limits on food production to ensure a functioning along with resilient Earth System. The Commission provides science targets for greenhouse gas emissions by agriculture, water use targets to preserve environmental flows, nitrogen along with phosphorus applications targets to limit water pollution while closing yield gaps, land targets to protect biological carbon stocks, along with biodiversity targets to halt the loss of biodiversity.
- In 2050, we can globally feed a healthy diet to a population of 10 billion, nevertheless This particular will require significant efforts in shifts to healthy diets, reducing food waste along with loss by half, along with sustainably increasing food production.
Adhering to the report’s findings will address many of the challenges outlined above along with can unleash unprecedented progress towards the bold visions of Africa’s Agenda 2063 along with Agenda 2030. Action in along with by Africa itself, led by African governments along with with support by international public along with private sector partners playing supportive roles, will be critical to success.
The full report can be downloaded at: https://eatforum.org/eat-lancet-commission/eat-lancet-commission-summary-report/
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