New SOFA report urges priority action to fight malnutrition
©FAO/Giuseppe Bizzarri
Rome, 4 June 2013-- This year's "State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA)", devoted to "Food Systems for Better Nutrition", notes that the cost of malnutrition to the global economy in lost productivity and health care costs are "unacceptably high" and could account for as much as 5 percent of the global gross domestic product. Child and maternal malnutrition continue to reduce the quality of life and life expectancy of millions of people, while obesity-related health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes, affect millions more. The report calls for priority action to combat malnutrition through changes in national and international food systems.

Questions and Answers, in order of intervention:
1. Mr. Daniel Gustafson, FAO Deputy Director-General, Operations
2. Mr. Kostas Stamoulis, Director, FAO Agricultural Development Economics Division

3. Ms. Terri Raney, Senior Economist, SOFA Editor, FAO Agricultural Development Economics Division

4. Mr. Kostas Stamoulis
5. Ms. Terri Raney

6. Mr. Kostas Stamoulis

7. Ms. Terri Raney

8. Mr. Jomo Sundaram, FAO Assistant Director-General
19min. 03sec.
Topic(s): Agriculture & crops, Food production & stocks, Food Security
Produced by: FAO
Reference: 9938