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FAO DG Calls for Countries to Address All Forms of Malnutrition

December 5, 2018

José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), made an urgent call for countries to address all forms of malnutrition through transformation of food systems during his opening address to FAO's Council.

"The coexistence of undernutrition, obesity and micronutrient deficiencies, what we know as the triple burden of malnutrition, is spreading and affecting almost every country in the world. The international community needs to urgently address this situation by promoting transformative change in our food systems," Graziano da Silva said. "Our Zero Hunger Goal is not just about feeding people, but well nourishing people by providing everyone with the necessary nutrients for a healthy life," he added.

He also cited the report on 2018 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, which states that over two billion people globally suffer from micronutrient deficiencies and 672 million people are now obese.

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