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Food security most important global issue: Report

Press Trust of India  |  Dubai 

security is the most important issue as no city or country in the world is completely secure in view of climate change, population growth, increased urbanisation, changing dietary patterns and decreased arable land, according to a report released here.

According to the report titled 'Sustainable and Resilient Foods for Future Generation' launched at the summit here all these factors play a significant role in disrupting the supply chain and availability.

The report offers governments around the world the framework to assess the state of their and the tools to strengthen it both from regulatory and technological standpoints.

The report emphasised that there is no "one size fits all" solution, but highlighted lessons learnt and identified best practices that can be implemented to avert a

Although efforts have been made, nothing can be done without increased investment in the agriculture sector and enabling towards places with agricultural potential that lack the means to develop it.

must be developed in all aspects if it is to exist at all, with countries and cities following a holistic approach when considering their from farm-to-fork' and the interconnection of their national systems to the world.

"Our findings suggest that no city or country in the world is completely food secure. All cities from to face their own variant of and must develop their own way to address them. There is no unique solution to this challenge, but our model must be redefined from production to consumption factoring in issues of waste and loss, said Mathieu De Clercq, Partner, Public Sector,

"To build a resilient agriculture and food system, cities must undertake an audit centralised around the five dimensions of food security- availability, physical access, economic access, utilisation and their stability over time. We have examined five cities: New York, Singapore, Riyadh, and to assess how secure they are along these five dimensions," he added.

The report puts forward a series of regulatory initiatives combined to technological recommendations to address weak links and comprehensively ensure that their population's most basic needs are fully met, now and for the future generation.

With the technological revolution now rife across the globe, cities especially in the Gulf region have the financial means are encouraged to invest in technologies such as vertical farming or greenhouses to increase output.

Food security is also ensured through investments in and infrastructures.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 15:10 IST