Strengthening Food Security and Nutrition in Europe and Central Asia Through Sustainable Food Systems

WMO joined efforts with FAO, IFAD, UNECE, UNDP, UNICEF, WFP, and WHO in delivering the 2022 edition of the flagship publication for the Region, which is the State of Food Security and Nutrition in Europe and Central Asia. The focus of the publication is on repurposing food and agricultural policies to make healthy diets more affordable and food systems more environmentally sustainable in ECA.  

Dr. Kornelia Radics, Director of the WMO Regional Office for Europe, participated in the launch event, held on 14 March 2023, which was livestreamed via YouTube channel and highlighted the importance of sustainable food systems and the socioeconomic implications of climate change on the food sector.  

The event was a great success and the WMO Regional Office for Europe is proud to have contributed to the 2022 State of Food Security and Nutrition in Europe and Central Asia publication.  

Seeking to repurpose policies and incentives to provide livelihoods to farmers and others connected to the sector, while also promoting more environmentally sustainable practices, WMO has been instrumental in supporting the Global Framework for Weather, Water, Climate and Related Environmental Services, the WMO Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Initiative and the establishment of a Regional Agrometeorological Centre in Romania. Through these initiatives, the WMO endeavors to strengthen the GHG information basis for decisions on climate mitigation efforts, and to provide a platform for regional coordination and implementation of climate services, including agrometeorological services throughout Europe and Central Asia. 

The WMO initiatives outlined in the publication, once operational on the regional and national level, will provide full support towards achieving food security and nutrition in Europe and Central Asia. These initiatives can play a critical role in helping to reduce the risk of natural disasters, as well as providing data on climate change and its impacts, to help farmers adjust their farming practices to better prepare for future climate conditions.  

We are confident that these initiatives can help to ensure food security and nutrition in the region, and we look forward to expanding our collaborations in the region, in order to better support the sustainable development and food security and nutrition goals in Europe and Central Asia.