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‘Packaged food’ combines quantitative data with the contribution of a wide range of experts and stakeholders to discover the root causes of nutritional inequality and identify actionable results.
Institute of Future Food (FFI), in partnership with Dole Sunshine Company (which refers to collectively Holdings Dole Asia, Packaged Foods worldwide
AND Dole Asia Fresh) revealed today Packaged food – a co-branded research initiative that ‘breaks down’ knowledge about nutritional inequalities and gaps around the world. The study, conducted over three months, combines quantitative data with the contribution of academics, practitioners and the voices of grassroots communities to discover the root causes of global nutrition inequality and to identify actionable results.
The FFI brought a range of stakeholders to the table, literally – through a series of six dinners hosted at Brazil, India, zimbabwe, United States, poland AND Japan – to discuss obstacles, gaps and possible solutions. At each meal, teachers, farmers, scientists, chefs, food technologists, policymakers, nutritionists, consumers and more shared a meal, and discussed their thoughts and perceptions about nutrition gaps and possible solutions.
“‘Food for all’ implies a shared responsibility to find adequate measures that benefit all stakeholders throughout the complex food system,” said the founder of FFI
Sara Roversi. “To this end, we collaborated not only with Dole, but with like-minded individuals and organizations around the world to uncover the root causes of malnutrition and food inequality. By combining quantitative research and basic evaluation, we sought to uncover knowledge to foster opportunities for effective policy-making and overall social impact. “
The nutrition gap is defined as the mismatch between the nutrients needed for a healthy diet and the nutrients consumed; and may be the result of lack of availability, affordability, accessibility and / or food choices. More than 820 million people do not have enough to eat; one in three people worldwide are affected by malnutrition, making it the largest contributor to disease in the world, according to the FAO.
In February, Dole launched a $ 2 million annual “Sunshine for everyone“Fund – aimed at addressing gaps in food affordability, accessibility and acceptance and loss worldwide – as part of its corporations”The PromiseTo improve nutrition globally by 2025. Partnership with FFI is a key part of this broader effort.
“We believe that good food should be like sunlight – accessible to all, regardless of gender, race or socio-economic status. Looking at nutritional gaps through this study helped us discover new knowledge and basic local nuances essential to creating sustainable solutions together, ”said President Dole Pier Luigi Sigismondi. “Closing food gaps is not just about understanding different populations, but also food ecosystems and the processes that contribute to unequal distribution.”
The new research opens up four areas of focus that FFI and Dole will explore and share:
Social food. The connection between eating habits and broader social patterns to explore why we eat the way we do.
Food generation gap. Values, preferences, beliefs, practices and desires that shape consumer behavior; and generational changes and perspectives on topics such as sustainability, taste, waste and tradition.
Hidden hunger. This happens when the quality of the food does not meet the nutrient requirements. The main causes include lack and pollution of natural resources, lack of access to nutritious food, mass production of monoculture, nutritional quality, food loss and lifestyle changes.
Ecosystems. To provide nutrition for all, it is essential to go beyond malnutrition – focusing instead on redefining the food ecosystem by considering sustainability, food value chains, communities and infrastructure.
“Achieving food for all requires many of us to work together to completely reshape our food ecosystem,” Sigismondi added. “How to do this without compromising the livelihoods of local farmers and the boundaries of our planet is a question we work to answer every day.”
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