Lancet To Launch New Food-Related Projects, Calls For ‘Coherent, Multi-Sectoral Policy Actions’ To Address Malnutrition

The Lancet: Imagine a world free from hunger and malnutrition
Editorial Board

“…To achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2, ‘End hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture’, coherent multi-sectoral policy actions must meet diverse, yet specific, targets, such as ending hunger, addressing all forms of malnutrition, including overweight and obesity, wasting and stunting, and addressing the nutritional needs of vulnerable groups such as children, older people, and pregnant and lactating women. … In 2018, The Lancet will launch four food-related initiatives: the EAT-Lancet Commission, the Lancet Obesity Commission, a Series on health and agriculture, and a Series on the double burden of malnutrition. Each of these projects will reinforce a different aspect of the global call for equitable and sustainable provision of food to be a priority: recommending how policymakers approach food systems inclusive of health, cultural respect, agriculture, production, transport, trade, and retailing. … As long as the global food system continues to deliver diets that are not healthy or sustainable, we will continue to see both undernutrition and overnutrition, resulting from an unsustainable food system that wreaks devastating effects on the environment. While global conflicts pose further obstacles to overcome by 2030 and beyond, the shocking figures from last week’s [report, titled The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World: Building Resilience for Peace and Food Security,] must spur words into action, and shift the imagining of a world without hunger and malnutrition towards a reality” (9/30).

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