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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds For my call to action, it’s for both governments and businesses to start measuring food waste so that we can start preventing it and thereby contributing to both ending hunger and environmental sustainability of our food systems. At the national policy level, we really need to put healthy diet promotion central in Southeast Asia, because I believe that this will help reducing both undernutrition and overnutrition in this region. And this, again, puts really nutrition-friendly food systems at the centre of action. In the course of implementing ASEAN Integrated Food Security Framework, one needs to recognise that government effort alone will not be sufficient. There will be a lot of challenges and effort to be made.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 seconds Therefore, we need to look into ways in which we can promote a platform of engagement– be it academe, be it civil society, be it development partners– so that we can build on their comparative advantage, knowledge, resources so that we can ensure coordinated effort so that we can make ASEAN a food secure region. In view of the growing feminisation of agriculture, I would like to see governments respond to this by way of providing more support, for instance, for diversified farming as well as for the continued cultivation and development of food crops that actually boost the food security of most poor households.

Skip to 1 minute and 45 seconds As complexity increases in our environmental challenges, we must strive to think about connections and trade-offs, winners and losers of our economic and social systems, and, most importantly, different and coordinated points of intervention to transition towards a more sustainable future.

A Call to Action

We asked some of our experts and educators to tell us what actions they thought most necessary or urgent for achieving sustainable food systems. This Call to Action video was compiled from their responses.

This course has been an attempt, in part, to convince you, our learners, that action for sustainable food systems is both necessary and urgent. Producers, consumers, and all the actors in between have an important role to play. We challenge you to stay engaged, collaborate with one another, and share knowledge and stories. Successes and failures alike can help guide future actions and strategies.

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