Bringing Agriculture to the Table

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs has released a report calling on the agriculture and food sectors to play a larger role in addressing increasing rates of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) around the world.

A map of projected worldwide diabetes rates (20-79 years) in 2030 (Image credit: International Diabetes Federation)

The report, Bringing Agriculture to the Table: How Agriculture and Food Policy can Play a Role in Preventing Chronic Disease highlights the need for more integrated partnerships between the health, food, and agricultural sectors to combat NCDs.  According to the report, NCDs will cost $30 trillion globally between now and 2030.  Additionally, 63 percent of global deaths are caused by noncommunicable diseases and this rate is expected to rise.   According to lead author, Dr. Rachel Nugent, “the costs of dealing with NCDs are soaring in both rich and poor countries.  It is obvious that the health sector alone cannot prevent all these premature deaths and chronic illnesses, and the poor of the world are the most vulnerable.”

Click here to read the report.

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