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13 resolutions to improve the world's food supply in 2013

Nearly 1 billion people are still hungry and more than 1 billion others are overweight or obese. The need is for better access to better quality food.

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Recognizing the role of governments:  Nations must implement policies that give everyone access to safe, affordable, healthy food. In Ghana and Brazil, government action, including national school-feeding programs and increased support for sustainable agricultural production greatly reduced the number of hungry people.

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Changing the metrics: Governments, NGOs, and funders have focused on increasing production and improving yields, rather than improving nutrition and protecting the environment. Changing the metrics, and focusing more on quality, will improve public and environmental health, and livelihoods.
Fixing the broken food system: Agriculture can be the solution to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, including unemployment, obesity, and climate change. These innovations simply need more research, more investment, and ultimately more funding.
• Danielle Nierenberg and Ellen Gustafson are the co-founders of Food Tank: The Food Think Tank ( Danielle is based in Chicago, Ill., and Ellen is based in San Diego, Calif.

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