World Food Day 2009 falls on October 16th, and as the new coordinator of CI’s Food Security program, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on some of the ways CI will be approaching the connection between nature and the food that everyone depends on.
The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO 2002) defines food security as a “situation that exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.”
To address this, CI’s new Food Security Program is working at both the field and policy level to demonstrate that healthy ecosystems are essential to long-term food security, and to promote sustainable livelihoods through responsible agricultural production and resource conservation.
To learn more about our work on food security issues, and how it relates to healthy ecosystems and sustainable livelihoods, please check out the new food section on CI’s website starting on Monday, October 19th.
Bemmy Granados is CI’s new food security coordinator, with a background in environmental science in the international development arena.