CFS Workstream on Nutrition
The UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) selected nutrition as one of its key workstreams for 2016–2018 and will have a major role in shaping nutrition debates in the context of the SDGs and the 2nd International Conference of Nutrition (ICN2) outcomes.
The PSM Working Group on Nutrition brings together key stakeholders from across the agri-food value chain, including farm representatives, businesses and nutritionists. The Working Group follows closely the CFS workstream on nutrition and participates in the Open-Ended Working Groups on Nutrition.
On April 26, 2016, the PSM hosted with the Government of Germany a Partnership Forum on Nutrition in order to demonstrate that collaborations between the public and private sectors and civil society can contribute to public health, sanitary measures and above all to creating sustainable and nutrition-enhancing food systems to end hunger and all forms of malnutrition as well as supporting and promoting healthy diets.
Read the final report from the Partnerships Forum on Nutrition:
HLPE Report on Nutrition and Food Systems
The High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the CFS is currently preparing a report on nutrition and food systems. This may serve as a potential basis for future policy convergence process, and will be launched during the 44th CFS plenary session on October 10th 2017 in Rome.
CFS Intersessional Events on Nutrition
The CFS will be holding a series of intersessional events on nutrition in the run-up to the 44th CFS plenary session, October 9–13. These events are intended to help CFS stakeholders develop a common understanding of issues related to nutrition, and to lay the groundwork for future CFS policy convergence work. More information: http://www.fao.org/cfs/home/events/nutrition-events/en/
Investments for Healthy Food Systems
The 1st CFS intersessional event on nutrition, on the topic of “investments for healthy food systems”, was held in Rome on May 9th 2017. Examples of different food systems and investments were shared, in order to highlight the opportunities and constraints they present, and to explore their implications for other sectors through discussion of linkages, tensions, and trade-offs. Marie Konaté, CEO of Protein Kissée-La, participated as a panellist on behalf of the PSM.
Impact Assessment of Policies to Support Healthy Food Systems and Healthy Diets
The 2nd CFS intersessional event on nutrition, on the topic of “impact assessment of policies to support healthy food systems and healthy diets”, was held in Rome on May 26th 2017. Examples of policy impact assessment tools and metrics were shared, as well as guidance on the steps and basic data needed to establish them. Nick Deschuyffeleer, of the Belgian Food and Drink Federation, participated as a panellist on behalf of the PSM.
PSM Addresses the Closing Session of ICN2
In 2015, the PSM helped coordinate the private sector’s input into the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2).
The private sector was pleased to have the opportunity to address the closing session of ICN2. At the first such conference in 22 years. The speakers conveyed the message that nutrition cannot wait another 22 years for new activity. Emphasizing the role of multi-stakeholder engagement in kickstarting new programs to address nutritional challenges, they spoke to the need to take specific actions to tackle challenges like food safety, nutritional education and targeted interventions to address stunting.
Speakers on behalf of the private sector:
- Marie Konate, CEO, Protein Kissée Là, Cote d’Ivoire
- David Crean, Vice President Corporate R&D, Mars, USA
- Nico van Belzen, Director General, International Dairy Federation, Belgium
More than 90 businesses and private sector organizations participated in Rome at ICN2. While the delegation represented a broad cross section of interests, it was united in the belief that nutritional interventions must be prioritised, particularly geared to addressing the needs of women, children, and the most vulnerable. This requires progressive programming – geared to challenges like stunting — and a willingness to work together. Innovation, research, education and trade are essential to improving access to quality foods. All of which is underpinned by the essential role of agriculturalists to produce the food we eat.
On behalf of the private sector mechanism, Robynne Anderson, Secretariat to the International Agri-Food Network, thanked FAO and WHO for the opportunity to have non-state actors participate, including civil society and private sector. “The Private Sector is pleased to have been part of this process, which will reinvigorate efforts to address nutrition,” noted Anderson. “Collaboration between government, the private sector and civil society is essential to affecting real and lasting change for hungry and malnourished people.”
In August 2014, a wide range of business stakeholders provided feedback on the ICN2 outcome documents. Read their contributions here.