The SOFI 2021 report also focused on complementary food system solutions that address the key drivers of food insecurity and malnutrition, i.e. conflict, climate variability and extremes, economic slowdowns and downturns, and COVID-19, and that ensure access to affordable healthy diets for all. It will look in-depth at six transformative pathways to achieve this, drawing upon best practices and lessons learned from around the world.
The report was presented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the United Nations Children's Fund, the World Food Programme and the World Health Organization.
- Moderator: Lana Wong
- Video (3’) Munir Akram, Host and President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council
- QU Dongyu, Director-General, FAO
- Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF
- David Beasley, Executive Director, WFP
- Zsuzsanna Jakab, Deputy Director-General, WHO
- Dominik Ziller, Vice-President, IFAD
- Agnes Kalibata, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit Máximo Torero Cullen, FAO Chief-Economist
FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO. 2021. The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World
2021.Transforming food systems for food security, improved nutrition and affordable healthy diets for all. Rome, FAO 240 p.
To understand how hunger and malnutrition have reached these critical levels, this report draws on the analyses of the past four editions, which have produced a vast, evidence-based body of knowledge of the major drivers behind the recent changes in food security and nutrition. These drivers, which are increasing in frequency and intensity, include conflicts, climate variability and extremes, and economic slowdowns and downturns – all exacerbated by the underlying causes of poverty and very high and persistent levels of inequality. In addition, millions of people around the world suffer from food insecurity and different forms of malnutrition because they cannot afford the cost of healthy diets. From a synthesized understanding of this knowledge, updates and additional analyses are generated to create a holistic view of the combined effects of these drivers, both on each other and on food systems, and how they negatively affect food security and nutrition around the world.