FAO report on food security and nutrition in the world in 2023 highlights the food labs, of the Laboratório do Comida do Amanhã, as a transformative initiative to guarantee zero hunger and sustainable agriculture

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and its UN partners in July published the report “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI 2013).” This year, it focused on exploring how urbanization is shaping the agrifood systems and the implications for the availability and accessibility of healthy diets for food security and nutrition. The document highlighted LUPPA (Urban Laboratory of Public Food Policies), of Comida do Amanhã [Food of Tomorrow], as one of the alternatives to achieve the goal of zero hunger and sustainable agriculture.

The mention came in the part of potent transformations, in which the models of food labs were cited as an example to be followed for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2. “As we are in the decade of action to achieve the SDGs, everything that we do needs to produce a rapid and systemic impact. Consequently, SOFI looks at food laboratories as levers of change and drivers of impact, especially from a theory of change that involves cities and consumer rights and the role of food environments. And it was exactly this theory of change that guided us when we designed LUPPA. Being recognized by all these UN agencies as a world leader of innovation for the transformation of food systems is the greatest recognition we could have,” confirms Juliana Tângari, a director of the Instituto Comida do Amanhã and general coordinator of LUPPA.

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