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203. International Year of Fruits and Vegetables 2021

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The United Nations has set the International Year on important themes that need to be addressed on a global scale and calls for action on issues to be considered. The year 2021 is designated as the International Year of Peace and Trust, the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development, the International Year of Eradication of Child Labor, and the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables.

The International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV 2021) was declared at the United Nations General Assembly in December 2019 to raise awareness on the important role of fruits and vegetables in human nutrition, food security and health, and in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The objectives are: (1) Raising awareness of and directing policy attention to the nutrition and health benefits of fruits and vegetables consumption; (2) Promoting diversified, balanced, and healthy diets and lifestyles through fruits and vegetables consumption; (3) Reducing losses and waste in fruits and vegetables food systems; and (4) Sharing best practices on promotion of consumption and sustainable production of fruits and vegetables that contributes to sustainable food systems; improved sustainability of storage, transport, trade, processing, transformation, retail, waste reduction and recycling, as well as interactions among these processes; integration of smallholders including family farmers into local, regional, and global production, value/supply chains for sustainable production and consumption of fruits and vegetables, recognizing the contributions of fruits and vegetables, including farmers’ varieties/landraces, to their food security, nutrition, livelihoods and incomes; and strengthening the capacity of all countries, specially developing countries, to adopt innovative approaches and technology in combating loss and waste of fruits and vegetables.

The IYFV 2021 also complements other important initiatives, such as the Decade of Action and Nutrition (2016-2025), the Decade of Family Planning (2019-2028) and the Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health.

JIRCAS provides and disseminates information on agricultural research for improving nutrition together with partners such as international research organizations, universities and research institutes in developing countries.



UN News. Fruits and vegetables crucial for healthy lives, sustainable world: Guterres. https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/12/1080492 Accessed on Dec 24, 2020.

World Vegetable Center. International Year of Fruits and Vegetables 2021.  https://avrdc.org/2021-international-year-of-fruits-and-vegetables/ Accessed on Dec 24, 2020.


Contributor: SHIRATORI Sakiko (Research Strategy Office)