"Food systems for better nutrition": Malnutrition - in the form of undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, and overweight and obesity - imposes unacceptably high economic and social costs on countries at all income levels.
The causes are complex, yet all forms of malnutrition share one common feature: nutritionally inappropriate diets. The State of Food and Agriculture 2013: food systems for better nutrition makes the case that healthy diets and good nutrition begin with food and agriculture.
Food systems determine the availability, accessibility, acceptability, diversity and nutritional quality of food, and thus fundamentally shape the diets people are able and willing to consume.
The report provides comprehensive data and analysis on the rapidly evolving burden of malnutrition at global, regional and country levels. It reviews an extensive body of evidence on how agriculture and the entire food system influence nutrition – from inputs and production, through processing, storage, transport and retailing, to consumption.
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