Recommended reads ahead of the Food Systems Summit – Action track 1: Ensure access to safe and nutritious food for all


Ahead of the Food Systems Summit, here is a list of FAO publications related to Action Track 1: Ensure access to safe and nutritious food for all.

Nutrition-related publications

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 – Transforming food systems for food security, improved nutrition and affordable healthy diets for all
This year’s edition presents the first global assessment of food insecurity and malnutrition for 2020 as well as new estimates of the cost and affordability of healthy diets.

Fruit and vegetables – your dietary essentials: The international year of fruits and vegetables 2021 background paper
The International Year of Fruits and Vegetables 2021 (IYFV) aims to raise awareness about the nutritional and health benefits of fruit and vegetable consumption. This paper provides an overview of the activities that will take place during the IYFV.

Food systems and nutrition: Handbook for parliamentarians N°32
This handbook provides parliamentarians with practical guidance for supporting legislative processes that prioritize nutrition. It identifies entry points for parliamentary interventions covering the areas of representation, legislation, budget and oversight.

Additional resources 

Food safety-related publications

Microbiological risk assessment – Guidance for food
This document provides guidance on risk assessment for all microbial hazards that may adversely affect human health along the food chain, focusing on hazard identification, hazard characterization, exposure assessment and risk characterization.

Looking at edible insects from a food safety perspective. Challenges and opportunities for the sector
The farming of insects for food and feed is on the rise and brings both benefits and challenges. This publication presents food safety hazards that could be associated with edible insects, including biological agents and chemical contaminants. 

Understanding Codex
The Codex Alimentarius is a collection of international food standards that have been adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission. Such standards cover all the main foods and also material used in the further processing of food.

Additional resources

Policy briefs


  • The State of Food and Agriculture 2021