Healthy Food for a Healthy World: Leveraging Agriculture and Food to Improve Global Nutrition

April 16, 2015
On April 16, 2015, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs released a report calling on the United States to use the power of the agriculture and food sector to reduce the reality and risks of malnutrition globally.  The report was presented for the first time at The Chicago Council’s Global Food Security Symposium 2015 in Washington, DC.  

Malnutrition – from undernourishment to obesity – is a global challenge affecting every country on earth and placing more than one quarter of the world’s population at serious health risk.  Given that nutrition is driven largely by the food people eat, making nutrition a priority in developing the global food system could give billions more people access to the healthy foods they need to thrive, drive economic growth in poor countries, and increase the incomes of 2.5 billion small-scale farmers, many of whom themselves are malnourished.
 
The report, Healthy Food for a Healthy World: Leveraging Agriculture and Food to Improve Global Nutrition, recommends that:
 
  • The US Congress commit to a long-term global food and nutrition strategy focused on agricultural development and convene a bipartisan commission on how to tackle nutrition challenges globally.
  • The US government, in partnership with universities and research institutes, increase funding for nutrition research to expand access to nutrient-rich foods and address malnutrition.
  • The United States draw on the strength of its research facilities and universities to train the next generation of agriculture, food, and nutrition leaders both here and in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
  • Government and industry work together to support more efficient and wider delivery of healthy foods, especially through technologies that can reduce food waste and enhance food safety.
 
An independent group of 30 senior policy, business, scientific, and civil society leaders – cochaired by Doug Bereuter, president emeritus of The Asia Foundation, and Dan Glickman, former US secretary of agriculture,  and led by Catherine Bertini, distinguished fellow at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs – endorsed the report’s recommendations. See the full list of signatories.
 
Generous support for the report was provided by sponsors Abbott at the lead level, National Dairy Council at the supporting level, and by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Stuart Family Foundation.  

Watch videos of the report release:

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Afternoon session:
Healthy Food for a Healthy World: Leveraging Agriculture and Food to Improve Global Nutrition