Last Thursday, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution to declare 2021 the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables. The resolution says the UNGA considered the urgent need to raise awareness of the nutritional and health benefits of fruit and vegetable consumption. It also wanted to advocate healthy diets through increased sustainable production and consumption of fruits and vegetables.
The UNGA called upon member states to take effective measures to help to integrate smallholders into global production, value and supply chains for the sustainable production and consumption of fruits and vegetables.
Combating loss and waste
Concerning the high levels of loss and waste in the fruit and vegetable supply/value chains and the negative economic, environmental and social impacts of such loss and waste, the UNGA invited member states and other relevant stakeholders to strengthen the capacity-building of developing countries to adopt innovative approaches and technology in combating loss and waste of fruits and vegetables.
The resolution invites the international community to observe the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables through activities aimed at raising awareness of and directing policy attention to the nutritional and health benefits of fruit and vegetable consumption, the contribution of fruit and vegetable consumption to the promotion of diversified, balanced and healthy diets and lifestyles, reducing loss and waste of fruits and vegetables and sharing best practices in this regard.