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The State of Food and Agriculture 2013

Food Systems for Better Nutrition

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Malnutrition in all its forms -- undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, and overweight and obesity -- imposes unacceptably high economic and social costs on countries at all income levels. This edition of The State of Food and Agriculture argues that improving nutrition and reducing these costs must begin with food and agriculture. The traditional role of agriculture in producing food and generating income is fundamental, but agriculture and the entire food system -- from inputs and production, through processing, storage, transport and retailing, to consumption -- can contribute much more to the eradication of malnutrition.

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Acknowledgements

The State of Food and Agriculture 2013 was prepared by members of the Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA) of FAO under the overall leadership of Kostas Stamoulis, Director; Keith Wiebe, Principal Officer; and Terri Raney, Senior Economist and Chief Editor. Additional guidance was provided by Barbara Burlingame, Principal Officer; James Garrett, Special Advisor; and Brian Thompson, Senior Officer of the Nutrition Division (ESN); David Hallam, Trade and Markets Division (EST); Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Assistant Director-General, Economic and Social Development Department (ADG-ES) and Daniel Gustafson, Deputy Director-General (Operations).

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