Food is the essence of life, but the impact of malnutrition is estimated to cost the global economy $3.5 trillion USD each year, and accounts for 45% of all deaths for children under 5 years of age. World Food Day is a time for solidarity around advancing food security, especially as COVID-19 continues to disrupt food and health systems around the world. With a focus on Food Systems, USAID Advancing Nutrition is working to sustain improved diet quality and reduce hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.
This World Food Day, learn more about USAID Advancing Nutrition’s work on food systems:
- Did you know? USAID Advancing Nutrition technical experts work with researchers and implementers to build evidence on how food systems can contribute to improved diets and nutrition, particularly for vulnerable populations.
- Learn more about our efforts to improve diet quality and increase the demand for safe and nutritious foods.
- Read about how, in partnership with the USAID Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, USAID Advancing Nutrition identified assessments suitable for food environments in low- and middle- income countries, with a focus on food systems.
- In anticipation of the UN Food Systems Summit, USAID partnered with USAID Advancing Nutrition and Eidolon Films to produce a video highlighting USAID’s commitment to food fortification efforts. Watch, like, and share the video to show your support for food fortification this World Food Day.
- Explore a recently launched Food Systems Toolkit, curated by USAID and USAID Advancing Nutrition to support USAID Missions and partners approach programming through a food systems lens.
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Finally, check out USAID's Medium blog Ending Hunger: 60 Years of Action to learn more about USAID’s work to boost nutrition in food systems, health systems, and humanitarian assistance.