Highlighting the potential of cities to address malnutrition, the head of the United Nations food security agency has called for innovative partnerships between urban centres and wide range of stakeholders to overcome the challenge of food waste and to ensure a healthy and nutritious diet for all.

According to the Jamaica Observer, José Da Silva, the director general of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Friday said that multiple forms of malnutrition, overweight, obesity or micronutrient deficiencies threaten the health of millions of people around the world, including those in the Caribbean.

“Fortunately, cities are taking action and rising up to the challenge, ”Da Silva told a global meeting of mayors and representatives from more than 150 cities, adding that “high levels of creativity can be achieved if partnerships are forged with local actors, civil society, private sector and academic and producer organizations.

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