The State of Food Security and Nutrition
The annual flagship report State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) is due to be released and presented on July 15, 2019, at a special event in New York, USA. The report, jointly prepared by FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO, informs on progress towards ending hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition, providing in-depth analysis on key challenges for achieving this goal in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The study targets a wide audience, including policy-makers, international organisations, academic institutions and the general public.
The SOFI report is an important annual measure of global progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger. It gives an updated estimate of the number of hungry people in the world, including regional and national breakdowns, and the latest data on child stunting and wasting as well as on adult and child obesity. The report also offers analysis of the drivers of hunger and malnutrition, and this year includes a special focus on the impact of economic slowdowns and downturns.
Godan Executive Director Andre Laperriere explains why GODAN an its partners are so interested in the findings of the report: “With 2030 fast approaching, this report will provide the much needed indication of how close we are to achieving this [the UN Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger] and enable any necessary remodelling and development of strategies by individual countries and their respective governments to ensure that urgent and authoritative measures are put in place to accelerate progress. During such a crucial period, it is important that estimates for food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition at global and regional levels are made and are brought to global attention so not only governments but also organisations, industry bodies, enterprises, communities and individuals can be made aware. This will increase impetus to innovate in order to address such an important issue that connects us all.”