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Understanding global food security and nutrition

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The title is being inserted. It reads "Understanding global food security and nutrition".Around the globe there are several million farmers. Yet is there enough food to go round for all people in the world?                                                 
A plate with a world map on it appears. On the edge of the plate many little farms are being inserted. Next to the plate, the lines "Is there enough food to go round for all people in the world?" appear.The world’s population is growing. But today, at a global level, agriculture is currently producing one third more calories than necessary to feed all the people in the world.
On the map, little stickmen are being inserted until it is covered by stickmen. Wheat is growing from below and covers the entire image. From the left, a new and an old combine harvester and a donkey-carriage are driving through the image. That means: In principle, there is enough food for everybody. Nevertheless one person in nine goes to bed hungry. Worldwide there are still 800 million people going hungry.
A big sack of grain is being pushed into the image from the left and exposes the next scene. Ten green stickmen are visible, the ninth is turning orange. Nine of the stickmen are being superimposed by the number "800 000 000" step by step.But why are so many people going hungry?
Above the number, the lines "But why are so many people going hungry?" appear.Because this is not only about the global production level, it is also about making food available, accessible and usable for everybody at all times.
The camera is zooming out of the image. Two stickmen, male and female, are standing next to a market stall that is offering different kinds of food: Carrots, spinach, fish, coconut, bananas, potatoes and grain. If you do not have access to land or enough water, you cannot feed yourself and your family. If you don't have enough money, you cannot buy sufficient food. If due to bad sanitation you fall sick with diarrhea, you can eat as much as you like – the food never reaches your body.
The couple is moving away from the stall. Above their heads, an icon with a stretch of water and fields appears, the icon is crossed out. On the stickmen’s hands, two children appear on the left and on the right. An icon with a crossed out coin stack and a crossed out rice bowl appear. The last icon to appear is a crossed out sanitary cross.Those are just some of the factors which have an impact on whether the foods produced end up on the table and can be absorbed by the body. And this is about more than just chronic hunger.
A pot appears. The four icons vanish into the pot. The lid is closing. Next to the pot, an empty bowl appears. The bowl is filling up with rice. But why is a filled stomach not enough?
On the pot, the line "Why is a filled stomach not enough?" appears.How much food a person has at their disposal is not the only thing that matters. What's relevant is what he or she eats. More than two billion people worldwide suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Their nutrition is too imbalanced and therefore does not contain all important nutrients.
Next to the rice bowl, five additional bowls appear with banana and papaya, fish and meat, eggplant, carrots and spinach, coconut and avocado and beans. One after another, the food in the bowls is being cut out, so that in the end only four empty bowls and a rice bowl are visible. This quickly turns into a vicious circle: Mothers with poor nutrition give birth to weak babies who are more susceptible to diseases. The result: In school, they find it hard to concentrate, they also have fewer opportunities on the job market and earn less money. If this is a mass phenomenon, the impact is felt in the entire national economy. And malnutrition is further increasing.
The bowls vanish. The vicious circle is shown in icons. One after another, a pregnant woman, a baby, a crossed out sanitary cross, a crossed out school bench, crossed out notes and coins and finally a nearly empty bowl with three rice grains in it. Arrows link the icons and close the circle.Is there any way out of this vicious circle?
next to the vicious circle, the lines "Is there any way out of this vicious circle?" appear.Yes. It is important to promote local agriculture. Farmers, and in particular women, need, for instance, access to fertile land, water and seeds, to markets, to education and loans. Governments need to invest, i.a. in roads, schools, sustainable water management, sanitary installations and a functioning financial system. Living and working in the country side needs to be attractive.
A hilly scenery with a house is shown. The scenery is orange. A farmer is standing next to the house. A woman is being inserted next to him. The scenery is turning green. A well that is filled with water and growing wheat in the background appear. Next to the well, sacks of potatoes and grain and an ox a being inserted. A signpost with signs that say “Market” and “School” and a stickman with a briefcase are being inserted. A path to the house and a little toilet house complete the image.This means that leaving the country side - to another town or abroad - will no longer seem like the only option for many millions of people.
A close up of the woman and the man is shown. They have suitcases in their hands. Above their heads, icons with a big city and a map of Europe appear. And what is the German Government doing to secure food and nutrition for people worldwide?
The image section with the stickmen can now be seen on a computer screen with a keyboard and a computer mouse in front of it. Next to the screen, the line "Is there a way out of this vicious circle?" appears.The human right to adequate food obliges states to build an enabling environment for people to be free from hunger and malnutrition.
An open book is lying on the table. Above the book, the lines "Universal declaration of human rights, Article 25" are being inserted. The German Government supports the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization FAO and other UN bodies in their work to progressively realize the right to food. The FAO draws up internationally accepted frameworks and standards for food security and nutrition and provides policy advice to governments, for instance, on legal safeguards for access to land, on strengthening responsible investments, on empowering women and on improving market access.
The camera is moving to the right. It shows two stickmen, who are wearing brief cases that have the “Federal Eagle” (Bundesadler) on them. They are walking towards a high building with the logo of the FAO on it. Above the building, two speech bubbles appear. To the right of the building the words "Governance of land tenure", "responsible investments", "women’s rights" and "market access" are being inserted.All around the world Germany promotes FAO pilot projects: school gardens in Afghanistan, nutrition education and soil-preserving cultivation methods in Africa and adult vocational training for farmers on business management issues.
A big globe is rolling through the image. Three icons appear: A school building with a garden, a farmer on a field and a stickman in front of a blackboard.And what can I do as an individual? So many questions remain. What action is taken against land grabbing? Why are cereals traded on the stock market? And why are more and more people in poor countries overweight?
One big and several small question marks appear.Our brochure has answers.

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