Various Reports, Experts, Leaders Address Issues Surrounding Nutrition, Climate Change On World Food Day

Associated Press: Pope on World Food Day laments paradox of hunger, obesity
“…In a message Wednesday for the U.N.’s World Food Day, [Pope] Francis lamented the ‘distorted relationship between food and nutrition’ that he blamed on the world economy’s profit-at-all-cost mentality…” (10/16).

Devex: U.N. agencies’ consensus on healthy diet principles
“With some form of malnutrition affecting 1 in 3 people and costing an estimated $3.5 trillion each year, the United Nations’ agriculture and health agencies have released guidance to countries on what constitutes a sustainable, healthy diet. Their guiding principles, out this week following an expert consultation in July, offer a roadmap for policymakers, Nancy Aburto, deputy director in the nutrition and food systems division of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, told Devex on Tuesday in Brussels…” (Chadwick, 10/16).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Global index finds climate change driving ‘alarming’ hunger levels
“Central African Republic topped an annual world hunger index on Tuesday as aid agencies warned that climate change was making it increasingly hard to feed the world. Aid agency Concern Worldwide, which co-compiles the Global Hunger Index, said progress towards a 2030 zero hunger target agreed by world leaders was ‘under threat or is being reversed’…” (Batha, 10/15).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: EXPERT VIEWS — Changing incentives and policies crucial to end hunger and malnutrition
“We asked experts: ‘What is the one thing we need to change in the food system to make healthy diets available for everybody?’ This is what they said…” (Win, 10/16).