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."
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The closure of schools around the world due to COVID-19 risks having a major impact on the health and nutrition of school children. Key global stakeholders such as WFP (World Food Programme), FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), and GCNF (Global Child Nutrition Foundation) are actively advocating Governments to continue providing nutrition to children despite school closures.