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Healthy food not affordable for over 40% population; resilient agriculture and supply chain could be answer – National Herald

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Availability of healthy food to an individual has many dimensions, and the chief among those is its affordability. It is more shocking than the shocks from COVID-19 pandemic to know that three billion people, ie about 40 per cent of the population of the world, cannot simply afford healthy food, while one billion more would meet the same fate if unpredictable events reduce their incomes by one-third. Moreover, a disruption to critical transport links could push food prices up for some 845 million people. And if fragility of agri-food systems continues, it could affect even larger number of people. It is unacceptable in a world that produced enough food to feed its entire population.
The new report “The State of Food and Agriculture 2021: Making Agri-food Systems More Resilient to Shocks and Stresses” released by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations contains this shocking revelation. To deal with the situation it proposes urgent reform to the ‘agri-food systems’ of the world consisting the web of activities involved in the production of food and non-food agricultural products and their storage, processing, transportation, disruption, and consumption. The report includes country-level indicators in over one hundred member states, by analyzing factors such as transport networks, trade flows, and the availability of healthy and varied diets.
The agri-food systems produce about 11 billion tonnes of food yearly and employ 4 billions people directly and indirectly, and hence the UN agency has underscored the urgency of strengthening their capacity to endure shocks, including extreme weather events and surges in plant and animal diseases and pests. The COVID-19 pandemic has just highlighted both the resilience and the weaknesses of our agri-food systems. While food production and supply chains have historically been vulnerable to climate extremes, armed conflicts or increases in the global food prices, the frequency and severity of these shocks are on the rise, the report said.
The findings of the report are all the more noteworthy because even before the pandemic, the world was not on track to end global hunger and malnutrition in all its forms ie Zero Hunger by 2030, but the pandemic has sent us even further off track. This year’s State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World has estimated between 720 and 811 million people affected by hunger in 2020, up to 161 million more than in 2019 largely due to COVID-19 crisis. Tragically, women and children have often borne the brunt of the crisis. According to the Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020, the disruption of health services and access to adequate food has added to the toll of under-five and maternal deaths. The UN’s Policy Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on Food Security and Nutrition suggests that 370 million children have been denied school meals owing to school closures. No doubt, the impact of the shock on food security and nutrition will be felt for many years to come.
An international consensus has grown around the idea of transforming agri-food systems, and only recently in September 2021, the first ever United Nations Food Systems Summit has agreed on innovative solutions and strategies. It is in this backdrop the present report of the FAO has provided guidance on actions on sufficient, safe and healthy food to all in the face of disruptions.
The report finds that diverse, redundant, and well-connected agri-food supply chains are needed to increase resilience, as they provide multiple pathways for producing, sourcing, and distributing food. The vulnerability of small and medium agri-food enterprises (SMAEs) is critical, as well as the fact that the resilience capacity of rural households – especially those involved in small-scale agricultural production – is increasingly put to test in the face of adverse climatic events and depletion of natural resources.
Diversity may be a guiding principle for governments which includes input sources, production mixes, output markets, and supply chains, because diversity creates multiple pathways for absorbing shocks. Connectivity multiplies benefits: well-connected agri-food networks overcome disruption faster by shifting sources of supply and channels for transport, marketing, inputs, and labour, the report argued.
FAO has suggested that governments should encourage better coordination and organization of SMAEs within agri-food supply chains. Similarly, small-scale food producers can stay competitive and resilient by integrating into supply chains through producer associations and cooperatives, and by adopting resource-conserving practices. Social protection programmes may be needed to improve resilience of rural households in the event of shocks. Policies should also address issues beyond agri-food systems, including the need for better health and education services, gender equality and women’s participation, and must recognize agri-food’s role as a steward of the natural environment.
Affordability of a healthy diet for all households, particularly the poorest and the most vulnerable must be dealt with urgently by governments across the world, because ensuring economic access to sufficient food for a healthy diet at all times is a key dimension of agri-food system’s resilience, FAO said. Policies and investments that reduce poverty, generate decent employment and expand access to education and basic services, as well as social protection programmes when needed, are essential building blocks of resilience.
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Woman recounts shooting outside of Defined Fitness – KOB

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Updated: January 10, 2022 09:42 PM
Created: January 10, 2022 04:29 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – An early morning workout ended with panic and tears in southwest Albuquerque Monday after someone fired a gun outside the Defined Fitness on Central Avenue.
A woman – who wanted to stay anonymous – said it started around 9 a.m. with a loud bang. It didn't take long to realize it was a gunshot, but it's what happened next that has her questioning her membership.
“I'm still shocked just because it could have been someone who, who could have died in there,” said the woman. 
Hearts were pumping at the Defined Fitness near Central and Unser – but not because of a workout.
“We were starting to warm up, we heard a loud pop. And we thought maybe it was the speakers or the light bulb that busted. So we go and we take a look. And we hear the instructor scream and say, ‘Oh, my goodness,’”
She said that's when they noticed a bullet hole the size of a quarter in the wall and then, more gunfire.
“We start hearing more bullet shots. And so at that time, everybody just panicked and round ran out of the room.”
Albuquerque police confirmed there was a shootout between two cars behind the gym and a stray bullet hit the building. The woman says she's thankful no one was hurt, but is worried not enough people knew they were in danger in the first place.
“They should have evacuated and notified the members that something's going on, and please evacuate. Put more alert out there, versus letting everybody just sit there and continue to work out.”
Defined Fitness sent KOB 4 a statement saying the incident was unrelated to the gym and says it’s still a safe place for its members. But this is not the first time gym-goers have voiced concerns about safety at this location.
Back in November, KOB 4 spoke to a woman who said someone broke into her car in broad daylight and claimed Defined Fitness was not doing enough to keep its members safe.
Both women said they are not sure if they'll ever return to this location.
“I think I'm taking a little break from this gym, just so I can refocus and find my comfort again. So it'll be a while before I returned to this location.”
An APD spokesperson said the gym's security footage has been reviewed and there are no leads on a potential suspect.

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Get Fitacular in 2022 with help from Planet Fitness! With several locations in our area it’s easy to get into better habits and make the right choices for your physical and mental health.
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WEST MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) — The moment the roof collapsed into a York County skating rink was caught on camera Sunday night in West Manchester Township.
It’s still unclear what started that fire that firefighters fought for several hours in the snow, then pouring rain.
DOVER, Pa. (WHTM) — After the heavy snowfall, you can find 11-year-old Mason Torbert working hard shoveling snow so he can save up money to play his favorite sport, football with his friends.
“I want to work for it and get it done, so I can go play tackle because I love that sport,” Torbert said.
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli hospital on Monday said preliminary research indicates a fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccine provides only limited defense against the omicron variant that is raging around the world.
Sheba Hospital last month began administering a fourth vaccine to more than 270 medical workers — 154 who received a Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine and 120 others who received Moderna’s. All had previously been vaccinated three times with the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine.

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Jadakiss Explains Why Living “Healthy Is Gangsta” – Vibe

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“There’s nothing corny about wanting to live.”
By DeMicia Inman
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Jadakiss offered his definition of a gangster during an episode of the Facebook Watch series The Pull Up. In a clip shared on the rapper’s social media, he explains how his lifestyle choices has made being healthy the cool thing to do, and why everyone should take a similar route.
“I think healthy is gangsta,” the 46-year-old rapper exclaimed.
He continued, “Everybody want to be tough guys and this and that, and rich. If you not healthy, you can’t be alive to spend your money. If you not healthy, you can’t enjoy the party, you can’t enjoy the perks of life, you won’t be here to see your kids graduate, to see ’em score they first touchdown, to see things like that. So health is more important than anything.”

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He continued to share how his fellow members of The Lox all maintain a health-conscious lifestyle.
“My brothers, Styles, and Sheek… Sheek been working out forever. Styles been on us to eat right and live right. So it’s a collective lifestyle that you gotta live and there’s nothing corny about wanting to live.”
The rappers not only encourage healthy habits among each other but have created space for others to do the same. In February, Styles P discussed the importance of why he decided to open Juices For Life in the Bronx with Good Morning America.
“It is important that you take care of the forgotten. Obviously, this started with us being because we’re from a Black and brown community,” said Styles. “We’re from a poverty community, but why does that mean we don’t have to eat right?”
He continued, “It’s not about being a vegan, it’s not about being plant-based, that’s not what I’m pushing on people, we push balance and health,” said Styles. “It’s about the people.”
View the full episode of Pull Up with Jadakiss featuring Lil Cease below.
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