Fruits and vegetables,
your dietary essentials.
The UN General Assembly designated 2021 the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV). FAO is the lead agency for celebrating the year in collaboration with other relevant organizations and bodies of the United Nations system.
The IYFV 2021 is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the important role of fruits and vegetables in human nutrition, food security and health and as well in achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals.
For many, fruits and vegetables remain inaccessible due to their cost; they are often more expensive than unhealthy snacks and junk foods. Yet they are fundamental components to maintaining overall good health. The slogan highlights the importance of fruits and vegetables in contributing to good nutrition. Ensuring that fruits and vegetables are available, accessible and affordable to everyone is fundamental in achieving food security and combatting malnutrition, and everyone has a role to play.
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Objectives of the IYFV 2021
Raising awareness of and directing policy attention to the nutrition and health benefits of fruits and vegetables consumption
Harness the goodness: Fruits and vegetables have multiple health benefits, including the strengthening of the immune system, that are essential for combating malnutrition in all its forms and overall prevention of non- communicable diseases.
Live by it, a diverse diet: Fruits and vegetables should be consumed in adequate amounts daily as part of a diversified and healthy diet.
Respect food from farm to table : The high perishability of fruits and vegetables needs special attention to maintain their quality and safety through appropriate treatment and handling across the supply chain from production to consumption in order to minimize loss and waste.
Innovate, cultivate, reduce food loss and waste: Innovation, improved technologies and infrastructure are critical to increase the efficiency and productivity within fruit and vegetable supply chains to reduce loss and waste.
Foster sustainability : Sustainable and inclusive value chains can help increase production, help to enhance the availability, safety, affordability and equitable access to fruits and vegetables to foster economic, social, and environmental sustainability.
Growing prosperity : Cultivating fruits and vegetables can contribute to a better quality of life for family farmers and their communities. It generates income, creates livelihoods, improves food security and nutrition, and enhances resilience through sustainably managed local resources and increased agrobiodiversity.
What are fruits and vegetables?
Fruits and vegetables are considered edible parts of plants (e.g. seed bearing structures, flowers, buds, leaves, stems, shoots and roots), either cultivated or harvested wild, in their raw state or in a minimally processed form.
What are the key messages of this initiative?
1) Harness the goodness: Fruits and vegetables have multiple health benefits, including the strengthening of the immune system, that are essential for combating malnutrition in all its forms and overall prevention of non-communicable diseases.
Links to the SDGs and the Decade of Family Farming
The International Year of Fruits and Vegetables 2021 falls within the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016-2025) and the UN Decade of Family Farming (UNDFF 2019-2028). These observances reinforce each other while providing greater visibility to small-scale producers and raise awareness on food security and nutrition. The IYFV 2021 can act as a springboard towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by 2030.
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To reach a responsible consumption and production Refettorios use fresh fruits and vegetables, considered imperfect and otherwise wasted, as the source of ingredients for their anchor meal program. Promoting health and well-being is one of the main goals of Refettorios. By transforming ingredients that would otherwise be thrown away into healthy and nourishing meals, they advocate for a healthier and more equitable food system.
Through good stewardship, sourcing standards, upcycling, and food education, the work of the different projects is aimed at highlighting the importance of equitable and sustainable food practices.
How Refettorios go into Action
Slide to see how Chef Rino Duca recovered the overripe fruit donated by the local market and transformed it into a delicious cake for the guest of the Refettorio.
"Wannabe Tarte Tatin" by Chef Rino Duca
Action 1 - TAKE ACTION
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Action 2 - JOIN THE GLOBAL MOVEMENT
Action 2: Join the Global Movement
Help us achieve SDG's Goal #12.3, commit to an Act of Change and Love for people and the planet and inspire others around you to do the same!
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Share, share, share! Post your creations on social media using the hashtag #CookingIsAnActOfLove or tagging Food for Soul, invite your friends and loved ones to submit their own recipes and help us spread the love.
Action 3: Get Involved
Take inspiration from Massimo Bottura's Passatelli in broth or from the many recipes from Bread is Gold and become a more conscious consumer and cook.
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