Pandemic-driven restrictions on movement have made it more difficult to plant, grow and harvest food, and get it from source to consumer. And government action to secure domestic food supplies by limiting exports has exacerbated the challenge.
On average, global food imports have increased by 8% annually since 2000. And with an estimated 1.1 billion people worldwide engaged in agriculture, the sector accounts for 31% of global employment and 4% of global GDP.
Deforestation and conversion of natural habitats for crop and livestock production bring people and wildlife closer together, increasing the likelihood of zoonotic diseases such as COVID-19 jumping from wild species to domesticated animals and people.
With the need to feed a future global population of 10 billion, in recovery from the pandemic, governments, businesses, and communities must invest in sustainable and regenerative agriculture which changes how we produce and consume food, better values natural capital, and supports resilient livelihoods.
At WWF, we are working to create sustainable food systems that ensure food security and protect nature. If your company or organisation can help, please get in touch with WWF or check out the following initiatives and resources:
- WWF Food Practice - our global programme of work addressing sustainable production, food waste, and sustainable diets
- Planet-Based Diets - a science-based platform to encourage diets that are good for people and planet
- Save 1/3 - an initiative fighting the 1/3 of food produced globally that goes to waste