"The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a number of collateral setbacks, not the least of which are the ongoing breakdowns in the global food system. This is especially troubling, given that before the pandemic, hunger was already on the rise with nearly two billion people across the globe suffering from food and nutrition insecurity."
Solutions from the Land explores how agriculture can help in the food crisis in their blog here.
On May 11th, 2020 the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) celebrated its 8th anniversary. The VGGT's are essential in achieving the SDGs and Agenda 2030.
On May 5th the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) had the opportunity to take part in a conference call with Ms. Agnes Kalibata, Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit.
President of the UN General Assembly, Mr. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande has recently released an op-ed that looks at the the impacts of COVID-19 on access to sufficient and nutritious food. In part it reads:
"Despite successful harvests this past season, two billion people did not have regular access to safe, nutritious, and sufficient food prior to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Indeed, hunger has been on the rise globally for the past four years.
Throughout its 74th session, the General Assembly prioritized hunger and poverty issues with a view to alleviating suffering, empowering farmers and food producers, and building resilient food systems."
You can read the full article here.