- Promoting the Mediterranean diet.
- Enhancing agro-ecological practices.
- Improving food safety and quality.
- Increasing access to food.
The FAO has recently launched a Report entitled "Aperçu régional de l'insécurité alimentaire au Proche-Orient et en Afrique du Nord" (Regional overview of food insecurity on the Near-East and North Africa) to sound the alarm on malnutrion in this region.
Abdessalam Ould Ahmed, Deputy-Director and Representative of the FAO Regional Office for the Near-East and North Africa states that " the region is currently facing unprecedented challenges in terms of food security, due to several risks related to conflit, water scarcity and climate change. The countries of the region must implement a sustainable and integrated sustainable water management with the aim of reaching the Sustainable Development Goal consisting of eradicating hunger by 2030".
The International Food Policy Research Institute has recently published the Global Food Report 2017, a review of major developments in food and nutrition policy around the globe, featuring an in-depth look at the impact of rapide urbanisation.
Chapter 1: Food security and Nutrition in an Urbanizing World
Chapter 2: Smallholders and Urbanization
Chapter 3: Growing Cities, New Challenges
Chapter 4: Urbanization and the Nutrition Transition
Chapter 5: How Cities Reshape Food Systems
Chapter 6: Informal Food Markets in Africa's Cities
Annual publication providing political, economic, social and cultural insights into the Mediterranean agenda from different perspectives. For its 2015 edition, in the section devoted to Strategic sectors, economy and territory, the IEMed published an article written by Cosimo Lacirignola, Secretary General of the CIHEAM, entitled:
"Struggling against Food Wast in the Mediterranean Region to Strengthen Food Security"
"In the vast debate on food security, the issues of food loss and food waste have become central. Whereas many concerns exist regarding the evolution of the supply and demand for agricultural products in the coming years, the struggle against losses and waste is turning out to be one of the main levers to pull in attempting to reduce food insecurity in the world. Such an issue also affects the Mediterranean Basin. All the countries in this region are facing the following difficulty: they need to produce more with fewer resources and thus use resources more sparingly."