2021 – International Year of Fruits and Vegetables

15th December 2020

2021 International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV) aims to raise awareness about the role of fruit and vegetables consumption in nutrition, food security, and health. The launch event emphasised the importance of food production systems and their resilience as demonstrated during 2020 when, despite the pandemic, food shortages have not been an issue in most countries. However, as Chile’s Minister of Agriculture Antonio Walker said, there are challenges in promoting healthy eating habits, especially amongst young people. He called for co-ordinated actions to curb malnutrition, which is not just about insufficiency, but also diets too high in energy, fat, sugar, and salt and too low in fruits and vegetables, providing minerals, vitamins, and fibre. The FAO Director-General, Qu Dongyu, also highlighted reduction of food loss and waste, especially in relation to fruits and vegetables, as goal for 2021. It is calculated that up to half of fruits and vegetables produced in developing countries are lost along the supply chain between harvest and consumption.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is an agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Their goal is to achieve food security for all, ensuring everyone has access to enough high-quality food to lead active and healthy lives. With 194 member states, FAO works in more than 130 countries worldwide.

For further information, visit FAO website here.

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