14 October 2013, WFP -- "For many of the 842 million hungry people in the world, the answer is not a hand-out of free food. It's more about making local food 'systems' more productive and reliable so that nutritious food is always available, even to the poorest of the poor. But what is a food system precisely? And how can you make it stronger?
In the developing world, the processes through which food is grown, sold and distributed are sometimes fragile. The land may be dry and unsuitable for farming. The farmers themselves may lack the skills or techniques they need. There may be a shortage of storage capacity. Markets may be badly connected or even inaccessible.
All of these things form what can be called a ‘food system’. Problems anywhere in the system will affect people’s ability to get the food they need. The importance of building robust food systems, that can provide communities with healthy diets, is the key theme of World Food Day this year.
Here are three examples of WFP projects which are contributing to creating ‘healthy’ food systems ..."
* El Salvador
Photo: Sustainable food systems produce nutritious diets for all people today while also protecting the capacity of future generations to feed themselves. Learn more by reading the issue paper prepared by WFP's sister agency FAO. Credit: WFP/Stephanie Tremblay