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FAO: Latin America faces world’s highest costs to maintain a healthy diet

São Paulo —Latin America faces the highest costs in the world to access and maintain a healthy diet amid the region’s chronic problem of food insecurity.

This was stated on Thursday by the representative for Latin America and the Caribbean of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Mario Lubetkin, at the First Latin American Forum on Green Economy, organized by the EFE news agency in São Paulo (Brazil).

On average, it costs each Latin American “more than 4 dollars” a day to maintain a healthy diet, a figure higher than the “3.6 dollars” of the world average, “including the African continent, which is in a particularly complex situation of food insecurity,” he said.

He also recalled that some 247 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean still suffer from food insecurity.

“It is particularly worrying that the prevalence of food insecurity in the region is higher than the global average and particularly alarming that women suffer more than men,” he said.

In this context, he said that “climate change is having a significant impact on agricultural production in the region” and that, to mitigate its effects, the current way of life must be transformed.

In his opinion, everyday decisions influence the climate crisis, among which he cited “food loss and waste, which contributes between 8 and 10% to greenhouse gas emissions”.

“Climate change and food security are interconnected” and require “immediate action,” he said.

Thus, promoting a sustainable and healthy diet and working on “multiple fronts” to achieve it is essential.

The I Latin American Green Economy Forum was held this Thursday at the Teatro Vivo in São Paulo and is sponsored by ApexBrasil and AkzoNobel, with the support of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce and Iberia.

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October 22, 2023 10:53 am

Hard to believe that any UN organisation could put out such an incorrect communication . I know by personal experience it is impossible to have a healthy breakfast and lunch and dinner for under $10 and it is more likely to be over $20 in most countries . That is for some vegetables and fruit and a piece of chicken or pork and drinking water . Same in the USA. In the DR , a person have two eggs and a banana for breakfast and a small salad for lunch and for dinner some potato or yuca with beans and chicken and the price will be close well under 400 pesos which is less than $ 8. There is no shortage of healthy food grown in the DR and the same applies for most countries of South America. The communication is way of track , in my opinion and more applicable to Africa.