IAFN Updates

Dear FSN Forum members,

FAO has just released the Toolkit and E-learning modules on Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture and Food Systems. This integrated package of guidance materials, developed by drawing upon expertise from across the Organisation and of many partners, aims at enhancing capacities for the formulation, implementation and monitoring of nutrition-sensitive food system policies and programmes, in line with the Rome Declaration on Nutrition, the SDGs and UN Decade of Action for Nutrition.

Applications are now open for the Food Sustainability Media Award, which aims increase the public’s awareness of food sustainability issues worldwide, find solutions, and encourage action. Launched by the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) and the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the award will recognize excellent professional and up-and-coming journalists from around the world who have focused their reporting on topics relating to food security, sustainable agriculture, and nutrition. 

Dr. Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute. Photo by: Paul Karaimu / ILRI / CC BY-NC-SA

The livestock sector plays a significant role in development, but Dr. Jimmy Smith, director general of the International Livestock Research Institute, says this is not reflected in official development assistance — which contributes less than 0.25 percent to livestock.

Smith visited Australia between April 3 and April 7, as the last leg of a global trip that included stops in the United Kingdom and United States. In each country, he pushed for greater ODA toward livestock sectors in the developing world.

During his stay, Smith discussed his thoughts with Devex. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Author: Paulina Ceballos, Operations Manager, Emerging ag

2016 was the first full year of implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. Efforts have begun at all levels to mobilize resources and align financing flows and policies with economic, social and environmental priorities in support of all three dimensions of sustainable development. The recently launched advance unedited draft of 2017 report of the Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development Addis Ababa Action Agenda calls on businesses to apply their creativity and innovation to solving sustainable development challenges, and invites them to engage as partners in implementation of the sustainable development agenda. 

Celebrate the First National Stop Food Waste Day on April 28.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Compass Group USA announces a commitment to reduce 25% of its food waste by 2020 from a 2016 baseline. This commitment is made in an effort to combat the negative environmental, social, and financial effects of food waste. According to The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) an estimated 40% of food in the U.S. goes uneaten. In partnership with Celebrity Chef Tom Colicchio and Unilever, Compass has launched a dynamic platform to raise awareness and promote food waste solutions.

Thursday, 13th July 2017 | 09.00 – 16.30

Yale Club, New York City | 50 Vanderbilt Ave (next to Grand Central Station)

Join us in raising awareness & investments in achieving Goal 2 & its interlinkages with all SDGs

The Committee on World Food Security invites you to share experiences and examples to help identify lessons learned and good practices on investments promoting healthy food systems, including those implemented through south-south and triangular exchanges.

Taking stock of existing country-level experiences and lessons learnt on how to improve nutrition is a powerful way to stimulate stakeholders to adopt, adapt and scale up proven and effective practices that are both country- and context- specific.

The IAFN Asia Chapter was established to mirror and expand the IAFN’s work in the Asia-Pacific region. It aims to be the platform for international trade associations and companies involved in the agri-food sector in Asia to engage with multilateral and international tri-sector initiatives.

The Rome-based Agencies (RBAs - including FAO, IFAD and WFP, along with Bioversity International) and the FSN Forum are glad to invite you to the new online consultation “How can value chains be shaped to improve nutrition?”.

This Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition (GSF) is a single, living document annually approved by the CFS Plenary. Its purpose is to improve coordination and guide synchronized action by a wide range of stakeholders. GSF aims to provide an overarching framework and a single reference document with practical guidance on core recommendations for food security and nutrition strategies. Although is not a legally binding instrument, it offers guidelines and recommendations for catalysing coherent policy action at the global, regional and country levels by the full range of stakeholders, responsible for policy areas with a direct or indirect impact on food security and nutrition, such as trade, agriculture, health, environment, natural resources and economic or investment policies.