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Publication | 2020

World Food System Center: Annual Report 2019

Discourse on the global challenge of food security has historically mostly focused on how to grow enough food. This focus, however, overlooks the fact that achieving food and nutrition security requires more than just producing enough calories for all. Access for each individual to a quality and safe diet with adequate macro- and micronutrients must also be ensured. Overweight and obesity are widespread while macro- and micronutrient deficiencies affect billions, creating a triple burden of malnutrition in many countries. Further adding to these challenges, the environmental basis for food and agricultural production is facing unprecedented strain from phenomena such as climate change, deterioration of soil quality, resource scarcity, and emerging pests and pathogens. At the same time, the world’s remaining arable land is increasingly subject to competing uses and interests, such as biofuel production, residential and industrial development, and animal feed production. The Center takes a food systems approach because we believe we will be most successful when experts from different fields bring their diverse experiences together to work collaboratively to design appropriate interventions. Therefore, the WFSC acts as a coordination and management platform to establish research, education, and outreach initiatives that bring its members together to collaborate in interdisciplinary ways and with a variety of external partners. The work of the Center is based on the understanding that solutions to food system challenges require collaboration from stakeholders across the entire food value chain. Center programs bring opportunities to students, scientists, and professors who are concerned with food systems in their research and studies. Encouragement of inclusive and creative approaches is key, as is providing interactive platforms to engage with a wide range of local to global stakeholders from different sectors and disciplines.