OSU Joins Effort to Address Food and Nutrition Crises

The university is part of the Challenge of Change Commission. The group of university, government, non-governmental organization and business leaders is committed to solving food and nutrition security challenges in the U.S. and abroad that pose significant humanitarian, environmental and national security risks. Leaders at The Ohio State University working to combat the growing problem of food insecurity have joined a comprehensive and coordinated effort to address global hunger.

The commission unveiled a report in Washington, D.C., Tuesday detailing how public universities and their partners can tackle seven specific challenges of food and nutrition security.

The numbers are startling: 42.2 million people in the Unites States faced food security issues between 2014 and 2016. Around the world, nearly 1 in 9 people deal with concerns such as hunger, obesity, malnutrition and poor sanitation.

The challenges identified in the commission report include: increasing yields, profitability and environmental sustainability simultaneously; developing the varieties and breeds needed for sustainable food systems; decreasing food loss and waste through more efficient distribution systems; creating and sharing resources that serve all populations; ensuring inclusive and equitable food systems; addressing the dual burdens of undernutrition and obesity to ensure full human potential; ensuring a safe and secure food supply that protects and improves public health.

The commission spent a year gathering information.