Obesity is a disease. According to the World Health Organisation, obesity is ‘abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health’. It can be measured in a number of ways, but the most common is ‘BMI’ (Body Mass Index), using your height and weight to work out if your weight is healthy. Additional measurements, such as your waist to height ratio can also be used.
Every year, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) meets in October to discuss issues pertaining to food security. This year, due to the global pandemic, the conference was held virtually from the 8th -11th February 2021, among other items, to endorse the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition. The theme for CFS 47 was “Making A Difference in Food Security and Nutrition”. The plenary provided a unique worldwide platform where food security and nutrition stakeholders from all over the world agreed on policy guidance, reviewed global progress, networked, and shared experiences.
In an ongoing effort to step-up the fight against malaria, pan-African movement Zero Malaria Starts With Me recently unveiled a new campaign: Draw The Line Against Malaria. The campaign, whose official launch took place on February 24th, is focused on engaging youth, calling on young people across Africa and all over the world to unite to fight malaria. By driving more action, more innovation, more funding and more leadership the movement aims to mobilise communities to fight this deadly disease and achieve #ZeroMalaria within a generation.
As food is fuel to the body, agriculture is the fuel of every nation and Canada is no different. Food, and as a result, agriculture, is key to every nation’s development. Any nation struggling to provide food to all its citizens in sufficient amounts also battles with lower productivity, a poorer economy, and various health challenges. This explains why the sector is of great importance.
The United Nations Environment Assembly is going virtual over 2 days from February 22 - 23, 2021 in order to cater to administrative and budgetary issues. This first part of the event will be called UNEA 5.I. Substantive matters that require in-depth negotiations will be deferred to a resumed in-person session in February 2022: UNEA 5.2.
Eat your greens! You’ve probably heard this phrase throughout your childhood. Of course, this phrase was used to refer to vegetables of all kinds and not just the green ones. There is another healthy food staple that needs even more praise and encouragement: pulses.
As we have begun this New Year, we have the opportunity to shape a food system that’s even better than before.
During the past year, we have heard some great leaders – young and old – in Africa talk about their common themes on the vision of a new African food system. I think these are themes which could strengthen any food system.
Food – something we all think about every day. Yet, how far do our thoughts about food go? Do we think about how it is produced and where it comes from? Do we think about the cost of our food to the environment? The cost of production? Do we ever wonder whether there is an endless supply of the foods we love?
10 years ago I had a dream to start a new business focused on issues I am passionate about. That dream has been shared by the incredible coterie of colleagues we have built at Emerging ag – truly my dream team! Over the past decade, we have had the opportunity to work on exciting projects with interesting clients from around the world. Although this year we didn’t get to visit those clients and projects in-person, we were so lucky to have had a busy, constructive, exciting year – our biggest yet despite all the challenges. Here are a few highlights: