Indonesia has invited archipelagic and island states to forge closer cooperation under the Archipelagic and Island States (AIS) Forum, which is holding its third senior officials meeting and first ministerial meeting from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 in Manado, North Sulawesi.
One essential issue that should be discussed is the creation of a sustainable food system. With their uniqueness in geography and natural resources, archipelagic and island states need to reposition nutrition security for their countries and explore the richness and benefits of local food resources for a more sustainable future.
The majority of AIS member countries are small states in the Pacific. Similar to Indonesia, many are struggling with the “double burden” of malnutrition, which means they are faced with both over and undernutrition.
Malnutrition is often a...
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