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Southeast Asia

Sustainable Food

Coinciding with this year’s International Day for Biodiversity, a new report from IIED and Hivos explores how we can reverse the alarming loss of biodiversity in agriculture and foster diverse diets.

Agricultural biodiversity underpins diverse, nutritious diets - which are essential to human health. However, global shifts in food production and dietary patterns are threatening agricultural biodiversity.

By Natalie Lartey (in photo above) and Bill Vorley, IIED

Food policies that are based on evidence and advocacy delivered by citizens are more likely to benefit the people most affected by these policies. At this week’s City University Food Policy Symposium, we heard how connecting people to policy can help secure healthy and more sustainable diets for everyone.

The current dominant agricultural model has run out of steam. It’s high time to replace it with one that is not only sustainable, but also efficient, inclusive and respectful of the planet and the people who produce and consume food.

On International Women’s Day 2018, we’re highlighting the role that women often play in feeding their families and the importance of making sure that the kitchen is an open space, regardless of gender and age.

A woman’s “turf”

“Girls must learn to cook and this kitchen is your territory,” said my mother ages ago. Being a lousy cook myself, I’m lucky that my father is actually the one who makes breakfast every morning and who often cooks for the entire family!

During the week of 8 March - International Women's Day - Hivos is sharing stories of some of the amazing and powerful women we support worldwide. This year's theme is: “Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”.

(Photo by Tamara Kaunda for our partner IIED.)

Sehat itu tidak adil. Demikian akhirnya kesimpulan yang diungkapkan secara miris dan bercanda oleh Seterhen “Saska” akbar, Koordinator Riset Indie, saat mengakhiri diskusi   Knowledge Café, yang merupakan bagian dari rangkaian kegiatan Bandung Food Change Lab Talkshow and Exhibition, 23-24 November 2017, di Bandung.

Health is unfair. This was the conclusion that Sterhen “Saska” Akbar, Project Coordinator of Riset Indie, came to at the end of the Knowledge Café discussion at the Bandung Food Change Lab talk show and exhibition, held from 23 to 24 November 2017 in Bandung, Indonesia.

On the surface at least, modern foods systems appear to be astonishingly diverse. A person walking into a supermarket almost anywhere in the world can be overwhelmed by the profusion of choices. The productivity of our food systems is also impressive: between 1961 and 2001, crop yields more than doubled in all regions of the developing world except Africa

Healthy eating habits and practices have been replaced by unhealthy and consumption of less diverse and less nutritious foods.  The compromised eating trends are incidentally an occurence among both low and high income populations. Among the latter it is attribued to among other reasons climate change which has affected agricultural productivity amidst competing households economic needs. In middle and high income populations in urban settlements, a mix of factors ranging from busy work schedules and time constraints have led to the increase in consumption of fast foods.