As hunger is on the rise after decades of progress and multiple burdens of malnutrition persist, improving food security and nutrition to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is evermore critical. Investing to reshape food systems is key to deliver on these goals. I had the pleasure of presenting on key policies and investments for reshaping food systems at a side event hosted by IFPRI and the Permanent Missions of Canada and Jamaica to the United Nations at the 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.
To achieve the SDGs by 2030, reshaped food systems that are nutrition and health-driven, productive and efficient, environmentally sustainable and climate-smart, inclusive, and business friendly will play a central role. In order to reshape food systems, it will be key to prioritize policies for nutrition and health, such as taxing nutrient-poor and emissions-intensive foods and reforming subsidies for agricultural inputs and staple crops. Investing in innovations can help achieve multiple wins by promoting evidence-based technologies, scaling up new transformative technologies, and supporting famer-led innovations. It is also critical to support inclusive institutions and effective governance, particularly in closing the gender gap and encouraging inclusive value chains.
I was particularly impressed by the very active participation of the civil society representatives at the event. Many shared their commitment to work with governments, the private sector and research organizations to scale up successful technologies, businesses, and practices to end hunger and malnutrition.