The food and health needs of the developed and developing world have traditionally diverged widely. Developing countries have suffered from rampant undernutrition and its associated diseases due to inadequate production and access to nutrient-dense foods. Meanwhile, developed countries have an overabundance of food that results in excess consumption (as well as waste) and high prevalence of chronic disease.
But as much of the developing world increases in wealth and demands more processed foods and animal foods, people are increasingly experiencing a double or even triple burden of malnutrition as they, too, suffer from chronic diseases due to overnutrition. Business, government, nonprofits, healthcare professionals, and a variety of other sectors are working together to address these problems by helping to educate and empower people about producing and eating healthy food as well as supporting their livelihood and resources to be able to do so.