Why biodiversity is key to global food security

Published June 12, 2017

Food Forever is a new initiative to raise awareness for the importance to conserve and use agricultural biodiversity to enhance food and nutrition security. It was launched by the President of Mauritius from the EAT Forum stage.

H. E. Mrs. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is the President of the Republic of Mauritius and Chairs the Food Forever Initiative. She has a background as a scientist and previously served as Director of the Centre International de Développement Pharmaceutique.

  • We have lost more than 90 % of diversity for certain plant species
  • The US have lost more than 93 % of their fruit and vegetable varieties
  • In China they are currently only using 10 % of the rice varieties compared to the 1950s
  • Today, more than 75 % of the worlds food is generated from only 12 plants and 5 animal species’And the three crops, rice, wheat and maize, contribute to nearly 60 % of the calories from plants in our daily diets
  • And the three crops, rice, wheat and maize, contribute to nearly 60 % of the calories from plants in our daily diet

«Diversity is what provides resilience» H. E. Mrs. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

Moderator Marie Haga, Executive Director of Global Crop Diversity Trust, started the following panel with bringing up a few facts on how the loss of biodiversity is undermining global food security.

Food Forever is a new initiative to raise awareness for the importance and urgency to conserve and use agricultural biodiversity to enhance food and nutrition security. It is chaired by HE Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius. Food Forever is supported by numerous champions and partner organizations, including EAT.

«I am proud that the Food Forever has chosen EAT Stockholm Food Forum to launch this vital initiative to protect future crop diversity and food security. Crop diversity is at the heart of a sustainable food chain» Gunhild A. Stordalen