Winston Churchill once said: “Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.” This has been proven in the wake of the recent pandemic, where even the hegemons were vulnerable to crashing economies and crises due to increased strain on the healthcare system.
As the world continues to confront the Covid pandemic, it also has a chance and a need to achieve a more equitable, more comprehensive, more sustainable, and resilient system for food utilization.
Food systems are vital for economic development since they give us the energy we need to live and work. Nonetheless, since a long time ago, macroeconomists overlooked them in the perception that the worldwide agri-food industry, presently profoundly automated, subsidized, and concentrated, offers everything we could desire with regards to food.
This year will be a time of reckoning for the world’s food systems. In just a few months, COVID-19 shut down a large portion of the globe. Pictures of panic buying, void staple racks, and miles-long lines at food banks have unexpectedly reminded us how significant food systems are in our lives and how imbalanced they have become.
Pandemic-prompted runs on food do not just reflect human behavior during crises. They are proof that the worldwide food supply chain—exceptionally centralized and working on an ‘in the nick of time’ supply basis—is inclined to fluctuate in the face of shock. For instance, in numerous nations, it became difficult to harvest or pack food as laborers fell ill. In other regions, stocks accumulated, and avalanches of food went to waste because eateries and bars were shut.
In non-industrial or developing nations, the World Food Program and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations expect that a “hunger pandemic,” a dramatic increase in starvation, may soon overshadow Covid unless action is taken. However, there is a silver lining to the clouds of the pandemic.
The revamping of economies after the COVID-19 crisis offers an exceptional chance to evolve the global food system and build its resilience to future shocks, guaranteeing ecologically sustainable and healthy nourishment for all. To get this going, United Nations’ offices like the UN Environment Program, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and the World Food Program recommend expansive shifts in the food systems to promote conservation.
The Future Food Institute: A Hope for the Future of Food
The Future Food Institute, an international non-governmental organization, serving as the foundation of the Future Food Ecosystem, supports this mission by collaborating with a team of affiliate brands and strategic partnerships that advocates for a more sustainable, equitable, and healthful food system via conservation.
The Founder of the organization, Sara Roversi, remains at the forefront of innovation to create phenomenal solutions for sustainable food systems. Founded in 2013, Future Food Institute serves as a repository of educational and training programs. The platform also organizes awareness events, conducts research, provides technical assistance on governmental and commercial agri-food system projects, and supports entrepreneurs in the niche of food innovation.
This year the Future Food Institute also collaborated with the United Nations to produce the UN’s Voices of Food Systems Live: 24-Hour Global Relay Conversation for the launch event of the UN Food Systems Summit to occur in 2021. In all its capacities, FFI is surely making a difference.
Food frameworks are at the cross-road of human, animal, financial, and natural wellbeing. Overlooking this exposes the world economy to increasing health, and financial stuns as the environment changes and the worldwide populace expands. By focusing on food systems changes in post-pandemic plans, we can instead make concrete inroads to accomplish the goals of Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement.