CFS 46 Side Event

Transforming Our Food System: Scaling Up Action for Improved Nutrition 

Tuesday, October 15, 13:00 to 14:30
Iraq Room, FAO


This event will give attendees the opportunity to understand the agri-food value chain transformation to deliver improved nutrition. The panel will feature key actors in the food supply chain, such as a farmer, a processor, a distributor, a retailer, a marketer, and a consumer advocate. As each panelist shares their expertise on a given product, participants will learn about the challenges and opportunities at different stages of the food value chain and will walk away with ideas for action they can implement to contribute to a more sustainable food system which delivers better nutrition for all. 


The vision of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is to provide a forum for stakeholders to work together in a coordinated way to ensure food security and nutrition for all. This work is particularly aimed at delivering on SDG 2 (end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture) and SDG 3 (ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages). To address these challenges, the CFS is currently working on Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition.

The Private Sector Mechanism seeks to be full partners to eliminate hunger and all forms of malnutrition. As part of this goal, PSM would like to celebrate the work being done all along the food value chain to innovatively address key challenges. It is widely agreed that sustainable solutions must involve actors from different parts of the food supply chain working together in a collaborative and efficient manner. However, we too rarely see concise examples of how these diverse actors interact with one another on a day-to-day basis.

This side event will provide a greater understanding of the food value chain, illustrating the ways that different actors come together to produce food that is nutritious for people and sustainable for the planet. It will bring discussions of food transformation to life by showing, for example, how innovative farmers make their goods more nutrition-sensitive; how creative processors reduce food loss and waste; how insightful retailers appeal to consumer needs without sacrificing nutrition; and more.


  • Celebrate successes from the food value chain, including such achievements as reducing external inputs on farms, increasing biodiversity, raising consumer awareness of nutrition implications, reducing food waste and loss, delivering balanced diets to people in greatest need, and more.
  • Help attendees understand tangible implications of policy choices that affect the food system.
  • Lay the groundwork for potential partnerships and future discussions.

The panelists will be arranged according to their place in the food value chain, moving from farming to distribution, retail, marketing, and consumption. The presentation portion will be followed by an engaging Q&A from the audience, in which attendees will have the opportunity to explore the production journeys of other food items and / or dive deeper into the challenges of a particular phase of the food supply chain


Welcome and Introduction to the discussion 
Florence Tartanac

Panel Discussants will discuss the food value chain, from inputs through farming to distribution, retail, marketing and consumption:

Cameron Henderson, Nuffield
Susan Kevork, Nestle
John E. Lamb, Heifer International

Q & A 
Florence Tartanac

Margaret Munene, Palmhouse Dairies
Agnes Martin, Danone
Steve Godfrey, GAIN
Abigail Durheim, 4H USA

Q & A 
Florence Tartanac

Concluding Remarks


4H International  |  Danone  |  Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition  |  Nestle  |  Private Sector Mechanism    

Our thanks to the @UN_CFS outgoing Chair @MarioArvelo – and congratulations and welcome to Mr. Thanawat Tiensin CFS46
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