food security:

23 - 25 March

Why Food Security?

The FAO’s – Food and Agriculture Organization – State of Food Security and Nutrition Report is one of the initiatives that supports the aims of Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger, seeking to eliminate all forms of hunger and malnutrition by 2030.

Food security, concerned with ensuring that every person’s dietary needs are met, rests on 4 essential pillars: availability, access, utilization and stability. Secure food access can help to reduce poverty, promote economic growth, decrease unemployment, and improve global health.

Food insecurity has increased in several nations, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the World Bank’s projections, hundreds of thousands of people will die and millions more will go hungry between 2021 and 2022. This is an important issue which will require significant global efforts in order to develop international collaborations to ensure that agricultural practices continue to operate at a high level and that all people are granted access to the necessary dietary nutrients which promote good health and life longevity.

"Food security is an authentically human requirement. Guaranteeing it for present and future generations also means safeguarding ourselves against the uncontrolled exploitation of natural resources. Indeed, the process of consumption and waste seems to overlook any concern for biodiversity, which is so important for agriculture."

Pope Benedict XVI

Former Sovereign of Vatican City and Head of the Catholic Church