Access to nutritious food is a foundational issue – most of the Sustainable Development Goals rely on it. Good nutrition makes vaccines more effective and reduces the risk of disease (SDG3). Without nutritious food, children cannot concentrate at school and achieve their educational goals (SDG4). Women and girls, who often eat last and least, are hit hardest by malnutrition so gender-sensitive interventions are vital for gender equality (SDG5). Sustainable and climate-resilient food systems contribute to economic growth (SDG1, SDG8), and a more climate secure future (SDG13). When communities have enough food, conflict and violence reduce and peace and stability increase (SDG16).
So, we welcome the UK Government’s Global Food Security Summit to be hosted on the 20th November with the Governments of the UAE and Somalia. It is an important opportunity to shed light on the current hunger crisis and initiatives to combat it. International dignitaries, NGOs, and businesses will discuss what role they can play to tackle malnutrition, support sustainable food systems, and invest in technology to turn the tide on global malnutrition and hunger.