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Shift Toward Sustainability, Better Nutrition Makes Economic Sense

Project Syndicate: Rethinking Hunger
Jomo Kwame Sundaram, assistant director-general and coordinator for Economic and Social Development at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization

“The world has a nutrition problem. Though great strides have been made toward the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of undernourished people in developing countries, the problem remains persistent, pervasive, and complex. … The upcoming Second International Conference on Nutrition in Rome will provide a historic opportunity to galvanize political commitment to enhance nutrition for all through better policies and international solidarity. Failure to make the needed investments in food access, nutrition, and sustainability is morally — and economically — unjustifiable” (10/30).