- Senior Advisor on Food Security & Nutrition, GAIN/Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Government of Nigeria
- Global Director, Systems Transformation, CGIAR and Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
- Director, Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute, Government of Sri Lanka
- Director of Food Science and Nutrition Research, Ethiopian Public Health Institute, Government of Ethiopia
- Interim Director, Agricultural Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Food security is a basic human need, but two in five people – or around 3 billion citizens of our planet – cannot afford a healthy diet. Diet costs have risen in recent months, with food price inflation above 5% in many countries as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate shocks, the war in Ukraine and other factors. Urgent action is needed to address food insecurity in 2022.
This event brought together a panel of experts from countries, international agencies, and academia to discuss new food security indicators on diet costs and affordability and their use in guiding agricultural and food policy both globally and domestically. These indicators were developed by the Food Prices for Nutrition project by Tufts University, the International Food Policy Research Institute, and the World Bank, in collaboration with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. They are featured in the United Nations flagship annual State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report, launched on July 6th, and can be used to inform and monitor a wide range of programs at the global, national, and subnational levels including those focused on Zero Hunger – the second of the Sustainable Development Goals.
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