Healthy and balanced nutrition is the right of every individual. But the reality, where getting a wholesome meal is an everyday struggle, is strikingly different for many. Global hunger has become a pressing issue, with an estimated 1 in 9 people facing starvation globally. There is a stark contradiction worldwide between some people dying of hunger and others of obesity and overeating. Lack of food and proper nutrition has far-reaching effects that impact people’s health and the economic growth.
Attainment of global food and nutrition security
The United Nations argues that a vast change in the current context of global food and agriculture system is indispensable and intends to achieve its Zero Hunger Target by 2030. Ending all forms of malnutrition, ensuring sustainable food production systems, and augmenting investments in agriculture are all on United Nations’ agenda for fighting world hunger. Agencies such as the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are focusing their efforts on attaining food security for all.
In light of SDG2, artificial intelligence can transform existing food and agricultural systems, rendering them more efficient. AI-based early warning systems can flag food shortages, helping decision makers avert situations such as malnutrition. AI technologies such as machine learning can improve crop management, enhance crop quality, and maximize output.
With its strong partner ecosystem, Capgemini aims to harness the power of AI in each of the steps of the food system to tackle world hunger:
AI can support the quest for a sustainable approach to food in the following ways: