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From undernourishment to obesity, malnutrition is a worldwide problem that places more than one quarter of the earth’s population at serious health risk. A new report from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs calls on the United States to lead the way 

Healthy Food for a Healthy World

April 21, 2015

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From undernourishment to obesity, malnutrition is a worldwide problem that places more than one quarter of the earth’s population at serious health risk. A new report from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs calls on the United States to lead the way in fighting malnutrition.

The U.S. should commit to a long-term global food and nutrition strategy focused on agricultural development, increase funding for nutrition research, and partner government and industry for more efficient and wider delivery of healthy foods, the report recommends. The report, Healthy Food for a Healthy World: Leveraging Agriculture and Food to Improve Global Nutrition, was released on April 16 at the Chicago Council’s Global Food Security Symposium 2015 in Washington, D.C.

“It seems obvious that what we eat has a huge impact on our health and well-being, yet for too long the agendas of the agriculture, nutrition and health sectors have been disconnected,” said former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, cochair of the advisory group that drafted the report. “With the ever-increasing global prevalence of chronic disease driven in part by malnutrition and shortages of nutritious food in many countries, it is imperative that we make nutritious foods more widely available and affordable.”

A bipartisan panel of 30 policy, business, and scientific leaders endorsed the report’s recommendations. Faculty fellow Per Pinstrup-Andersen was one of the signatories.

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