The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) has published a seven-point plan to develop a more sustainable system of food production.
The recommendations on 14 topics have been made as the UN continues to work towards its Millennium Development Goals, an ambitious set of global objectives which expire at the end of this year. They include eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education and ensuring environmental sustainability.
“Many current practices are damaging the planet’s ecosystems and the biodiversity essential for healthy food production,” FAO claimed. “By 2050 an estimated additional 2bn people will be living on Earth. This means food production must rise by 60%.”
Last month, the organisation held a discussion in India on the adoption of a strategic framework for sustainable dairy development in Asia that it claimed would “boost livelihoods of smallholders and lower levels of undernutrition”. The meeting took place in response to an increase in demand for nutritious dairy products across Asia-Pacific.
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