UN food and health agencies meeting seeks to improve nutrition globallyListen /
Even though the world produces enough food for all, more than 840 million people still go hungry, the head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Wednesday.
José Graziano da Silva was speaking in Rome at the opening of a three-day meeting on transforming food systems for better nutrition organized by FAO and the World Health Organization (WHO).
He said it is clear the way that food is managed today fails to improve people's nutrition.
"One-half of the world's population is affected by some form of malnutrition, be it hunger, micronutrient deficiencies or excessive consumption. At the same time, more than one-third of the available food goes to waste. The amount of food produced but not consumed would be enough to feed an additional two billion people nowadays."
The expert meeting will lay the groundwork for the Second International Conference on Nutrition to be held in November 2014.
That conference, known as ICN2, will seek to boost international coordination to address factors which negatively influence what and how people eat, particularly in developing countries.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.