CFS Workstream on Nutrition
The UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) selected nutrition as one of its key workstreams for 2016–2018. Nutrition will continue to play a major role in the following biennium, as CFS has committed to producing nutrition guidelines by 2020.
The PSM Nutrition / Monitoring / Right to Food Macrocommittee brings together key stakeholders from across the agri-food value chain, including farm representatives, agribusinesses, nutritionists, researchers, and more. The Macrocommittee follows the CFS workstream on nutrition closely and participates in the Open-Ended Working Groups on Nutrition.
Throughout 2018, there were meetings of the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Nutrition, which is tasked with creating the Terms of Reference (ToR) that will inform the voluntary guidelines on nutrition. The PSM is actively involved in these meetings, and the Nutrition macrocommittee works to prepare statements at these meetings. The meetings of the OEWG will continue into 2019.
PSM's statements can be found below:
PSM-Sponsored Nutrition Event: Healthy By Design Luncheon
On March 28, 2018, the PSM hosted a luncheon and tasting event on the topic of nutrient profiles, during which members of the private sector guided attendees through tastings of products formulated to comply with specific national nutrient profiles. This interactive and educational event gave participants the opportunity to experience firsthand the challenges and opportunities of adapting foods to specific regulations. Read the report here.
Read the final report from the 2016 Partnerships Forum on Nutrition:
On April 26, 2016, the PSM, together with the Government of Germany, hosted 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 and sanitary measures. Above all, PSM believes that a collaborative approach will contribute to sustainable and nutrition-enhancing food systems that end hunger and all forms of malnutrition by promoting healthy, diverse diets.
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.