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


Moderator: Florence Tartanac, FAO
Cameron Henderson, Nuffield
Susan Kevork, Nestle
John E. Lamb, Heifer International
Margaret Munene, Palmhouse Dairies
Agnes Martin, Danone
Abigail Durheim, 4H USA

Main Themes

Members of this side event’s panel discussed their involvement in the food value chain and illustrated ways in which they come together to produce food that is nutritious for people and sustainable for the planet. The panellists explained the impact of consumer demand and livelihoods on nutrition. Discussions focused on 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. 

Summary of Key Points

For farmers, it is essential that they understand the impact of their agricultural practices. This includes understanding the risks and how to prevent them, understanding food safety science, and also understanding the impact of their actions on their environment. With this knowledge, they are able to make the best choices for their livelihoods, for nutrition and to maintain sustainable agricultural practices.

Consumer demand and consumer trends play a major role in what products are being developed. Food processors, retailers and marketers must provide consumers with the tools to make the right decisions for their health and for the environment. This can be done through transparency of ingredients, transparency of production, and a wide range of products for them to choose from.

The entire food-value chain plays a key role in maintaining nutrition for all. Through ensuring improved livelihoods and access to resources, they can maintain the quality and nutrition of their products.

Key Take Away Messages

- Business must be at the core of the transformation of the food system.
- It is essential that we protect food quality, increase food quantity and do it with less resources.
- By providing farmers with resources, we are able to help manage the quality of their outputs. This then results in improving the livelihoods of their farmers by providing them with income to maintain a diverse and nutritious diet for their family.
- Food system transformation is affected by consumer demand and consumer trends.
- Food processors, retailers and marketers have a responsibility to help consumers make healthy choices. It is important to continue to innovate in agriculture so we can continue to provide consumers with diverse products which are nutritious.

You can download photos from the event on the FAO Flickr account here.


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

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