IAFN Updates

May 2018: FAO's Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSM) has launched an e-consultation on Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry for Improved Food Security and Better Nutrition. The deadline to submit comments is 27 May. More information, as well as the full announcement, is available here

8 May 2018: The Global Alliance is pleased to announce a Call for Ideas – 2050: Visions for Global Food Systems Transformation. We invite our vast and diverse networks across borders and disciplines to help craft innovative, inspiring, bold, transformative visions for a healthy, equitable, renewable, resilient, and culturally diverse future of food shaped by people, communities, and their institutions.

Since 2001, World Milk Day has been observed by the United Nations on June 1st. World Milk Day was initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN to mark the importance of milk and dairy products and their contributions to nutrition, sustainable agriculture, economic livelihoods, and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Agroecology is the study of the relation of agriculture and the environment. It involves the integrated local application of sustainable agriculture. It applies ecological principles in order to design and manage agro-ecosystems in more sustainable and innovation is a vital part of its success.

The CFS Secretariat has just released the application for Side Events at CFS45, which will take place at FAO in Rome, Italy from 16-19 October. IAFN & PSM members interested in hosting side events are requested to fill out the Side Event application form and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 30 May for internal consideration. You can read more about CFS' side event procedure here

Following the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Nutrition meeting held during the morning of 28 March, the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) hosted Healthy by Design: How Products and Guidelines Meet. This interactive, educational event consisted of a luncheon and series of tastings guided by members of the private sector. These private sector actors shared examples of the practical implications of nutrient profiles on product development and reformulation, with the goal of demonstrating to attendees the challenges and opportunities for collective action that meets public health objectives.

The draft of the XIII World Health Organization (WHO) general programme of work 2019-2023 is focused on three interconnected strategic priorities to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages: advancing universal health coverage (UHC), addressing health emergencies and promoting healthier populations. At least half of the world’s population cannot obtain essential health services, according to the 2017 World Bank/WHO report.

In order to feed a world of nine billion people by 2050, we need more people working in agriculture in all its forms. Despite the universal agreement on the importance of agriculture to our future, however, we are not succeeding in attracting high-potential young people and women to the field. While the reasons for this are many, we believe that one central problem is an insufficient attention given to creation of robust, productive networks.

On 28 March 2018, an Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Nutrition meeting was held at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy. At this event, the Private Sector Mechanism delivered the following statement concerning the development of Terms of Reference (ToR) for the proposed nutrition guidelines that are to be the next major policy product of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). 

The Global Agripreneurs Summit is an industry highlight in the agrifood tech sector that dives deep to understand where the source of our food is coming from.

A common misconception is that malnutrition does not include obesity, but it does! @FAO Director General… https://t.co/CgDx6RjxdF
Wednesday, 17 July 2019 19:14