Global Nutrition Report: Coronavirus highlights inequalities in food system
The annual Global Nutrition Report looks at the state of the global food system, and finds that there are significant inequalities between and within countries in terms of diet and weight. The report’s authors say that the coronavirus pandemic has exposed the inequalities in the world’s food system, with those on poor diets most at risk. Last month the United Nations warned of a famine of “biblical proportions”, with 265 million people facing chronic food shortages due to a “perfect storm” of conflict, drought, climate change and coronavirus.
According to the report, one in nine people in the world is hungry and one in three is overweight or obese. Many countries – including in Africa, Asia and Latin America – suffer the double burden of over- and underweight.
According to one of the report’s authors, Renata Micha, “Food systems need to change. Covid-19 has revealed the gaps in our food systems – increased shortages in food could lead to increases in hunger. We now have the opportunity to act and to ensure that healthy and sustainably produced food is affordable, available and desirable.”