Globally more than 2 billion people, or nearly one in four, lack access to "safe, nutritious and sufficient food", including 8% of Europe and North America's populace, putting their health at risk according to the latest U.N. figures.
"Enough food is being produced globally... But food is not being produced where it is most needed. Countries are failing to provide incentives to farmers to produce more nutritious food.Countries keep subsidising products with low nutritional value, favouring staple foods — wheat, rice, maize — over fruits and vegetables. This has a negative effect on nutrition and dietary diversity.If we want to envision a world free of hunger and malnutrition, production incentives have to change..." - MAXIMO TORERO CULLEN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR-GENERAL, UNITED NATIONS' FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION (FAO)
"There can be no end to rising world hunger without empowering women farmers and restoring the rights of rural communities.Women make up at least half of the smallholders, marginal farmers, pastoralists, fisher folk, forest dwellers, tribal and indigenous peoples who produce 80% of the world's food. But they are being denied access to land and natural resources." - MAHESH BADAL, LIVELIHOOD AND NATURAL RESOURCE COORDINATOR, ACTIONAID NEPAL