2021 Media Kit

Funds and pledges for global food security

Last week's United Nations (UN) Food Systems Summit garnered commitments from more than 85 heads of state to deliver the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through transforming food systems. The United States pledged US$10 billion to address climate change and food insecurity. The commitment came following the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which raised a 'code red' for human-driven global heating.
The COVID-19 pandemic increased poverty levels by up to 124 million people and undernourishment by around 9.9%. The effects of the pandemic spurred pledges from nations to help eradicate world hunger.
Other commitments address the role of indigenous people in helping improve food systems. Prime New Zealand Minister Jacinda Ardern revealed that the country would join the Indigenous Peoples' Food Systems Coalition. She said: "We are committed to ensuring Indigenous Peoples can help lead the way forward."
Other countries which support indigenous rights include Honduras, Samoa, Peru, and the Philippines.
Commitments also came from the private sector and joint ventures. For example, the US and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced their Agriculture Innovation Mission (AIM) for Climate.
"We must use the power of ingenuity to improve on food systems, so they provide safe, nutritious, affordable, and accessible food for all. This, while conserving natural resources, and combating the climate crisis," said the US Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack.
Lastly, the Melinda Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced new five-year funding worth $922 million that will focus on nutrition. (Image from Unsplash)

 

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