“The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World” (SOFI2021) report, launched on 12 July 2021, is an annual report that estimates worldwide hunger levels and provides a spotlight on the diet quality around the world.
This business summary highlights the main points from the SOFI2021 report relevant to business and puts it in the context of global policy events and frameworks related to food systems transformation. The SOFI2021 report makes it clear that systemic changes are needed in the ways in which food is produced and consumed to reverse the trend of growing food insecurity and hunger and outlines six recommended pathways to address major drivers of food insecurity and malnutrition and to support a more sustainable food system.
Focused on policy makers, the report makes the case for multi-sectoral leadership and action and provides examples of where engaging the business community has made a difference in country-level and local food system initiatives. While the report does not specifically state where business can take a leading role in tackling food insecurity, the six pathways provide many options for business intervention and leadership and shows where further collaboration is needed to mitigate the growing prevalence of hunger.