Partnership Forum on Nutrition

Partnership Forum on Nutrition

From April 26, 2016 10:00 until April 26, 2016 15:00

At Via Paolo di Dono, 44 00142 Rome, Italy

The partnerships forum on nutrition will provide a unique setting for sharing examples and concrete experiences of successful initiatives across sectors in many countries, particularly focusing on “partnerships”. 

By invitation only. 

If you would like to attend, please contact Morgane Danielou (


Welcome by H.E Dr Hinrich Thölken, Ambassador of Germany to the UN Rome-Based Agencies

Session 1 – 10am – 11am


  • What are partnerships in the UN and SDG Contexts?What it takes to form Transformative Partnerships?
    • Robynne Anderson, Director General of the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) 
  • What are the key notions of food security and nutrition where partnerships will be most needed?
    • Dr. Michael B. Krawinkel, Professor of Human Nutrition with Focus on International Nutrition at the University of Giessen, Germany
  • How can make partnerships better to address the Zero Hunger Challenge, and in particular stunting and wasting?
    • H.E Grace Akello, Ambassador of Uganda to the UN Rome-Based Agencies
  • Q&A

Session 2 – 11am – 1pm

Rapid Fire Presentations moderated by H.E Gerda Verburg, Ambassador of the Netherlands to the UN Rome-Based Agencies @GerdaVerburg

Feeding people well

  • Stunting and wasting
    • Rafael Fabrega, Director Food for Development Office, TetraLaval 
  • Dietary Diversity
    • From Cereal-Based to Pulse-Added: Improving Diet Diversity in Ethiopia, Dr. Carol Henry, Associate Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Saskatchewan
    • Dr. Gina Kennedy, Component leader for Healthy Diets for Sustainable Food Sytems, Bioversity International
  • Food Safety 
    • Linkages among food security, nutrition and safety, John B. Cordaro, Consultant, Mars Inc.
    • Tom Heilandt, Secretary, Codex Alimentarius, FAO
  • Fortification & Supplementation
    • Why fortify? The consequences of micronutrient malnutrition and opportunities to significantly prevent its debilitating effects, Dr. Greg Garrett, Director Food Fortification, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
    • Staple Food Fortification & Supplementation:  Complementary Approaches, Partnerships & Impact, Dr. Andreas Blüthner, Director Food-Fortification & Partnerships,  BASF

Empowering the value chain

  • Nutrition and value chains
    • Dr. Anna Lartey, Director, Nutrition Division, FAO
    • Shaping Value Chains to Improve Nutrition for Producers and Consumers, Dr. James Garrett, Sr Research Fellow, IFPRI / CGIAR Research Programme on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH), Lead Technical Specialist, IFAD
  • Empowering Food Producers
    • Milky Way Project: Empowering Dairy Farmers in West Africa, Kasper Thormod Nielsen, Director Trade Policy, Arla Foods
  • Giving Women Better Choices for Nutrition
    • Audrae Erickson, VP External and Public Affairs, Meaad Johnson Nutrition
    • Affordable Nutritious Food for Women (ANF4W) in Ghana, Dr. Klaus Kraemer, Managing Director, Sight & Life

Sharing information with consumers

  • Advertising and Communications
    • Children's Rights in Marketing and Advertising, Bernadette GutmannCSR Specialist, UNICEF 
    • Rocco Renaldi, International Food & Beverage Alliance
    • Pauline Harper, Director Global Development, Epode International Network
  • Nutrition Education
    • Dr. Gregory Miller, Chief Science Officer, Global Dairy Platform
      GMA’s voluntary front of pack labeling initiative
    • Facts Up Front, Melissa San Miguel, Senior Director, Global Strategies, Global Manufacturers Association (GMA)

Session 3 - Luncheon on Zero Hunger Challenge – 1pm to 3pm

Keynote: Nabeeha kazi-Hutchins, president and CEO of Humanitas Global, Chair of Zero Hunger Challenge
Moderator: Jaine Chisholm Caunt, Chair of the International Agri-Food Network

Work at tables:

  • What do countries want most in partnerships?
  • How can nutrition partnerships be encouraged at the identification stage and then implemented and multiplied to achieve the ZHC?
  • How can nutrition partnerships be co-ordinated/What are the barriers to implementation?

Concluding remarks: Ashwani Muthoo, Director, Global Engagement and Research, in our Strategy and KNowledge Management Department, IFAD

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International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Italian Conference Room
Via Paolo di Dono, 44
00142 Rome, Italy

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