IFOAM - Organics International at the Committee on World Food Security, Rome #CFS44

Gabor Figeczky, Advocacy manager, IFOAM – Organics International and Alisher Yuldashev, Rural service provider

IFOAM - Organics International, ACF (Action contre la Faim/Action Against Hunger), the European Union and the governments of France and Kyrgyzstan shared experiences from their current work on the integration of nutrition challenges in food system policies and plans at a CFS side event.

The session was moderated by H.E Delphine Borione, Ambassador Permanent Representative of France to FAO, WFP, IFAD and contributions came from:

  • Madeleine Onclin:  Head of Nutrition Sector, European Commission
  • Bernard Coulibaly, Global Goals Award winning Deputy Prefect of Yorosso, Mali
  • Peggy Pascal, Food security advocacy adviser at Action Against Hunger (ACF)
  • Gabor Figeczky, Advocacy manager, IFOAM – Organics International
  • Alisher Yuldashev, Rural service provider

The discussion focused on sharing successful practices and lessons learned in tackling nutrition challenges when designing food and agriculture programs and policies at local, national and regional levels, and looking at a range of different contexts. Participants shared their views and experiences on current and upcoming challenges in integrating nutrition in sustainable agricultural programs and policies.

Gábor Figeczky highlighted a couple of promising solutions for sustainable nutrition based on experiences coming out of the NMA project, varying from trainings on sustainable agricultural techniques and raising nutrition awareness in schools to promoting home gardens, local food and healthy diets.

Alisher Yuldashev, rural service provider in Kyrgyzstan shared his experiences on how improved post-harvest handling and small-scale processing at household or village community level allows reducing food waste and adding value to produce which empower and improve nutrition of rural women in particular in mountainous regions of his country.

Bernard Coulibaly is the 2017 winner of the ‘Healthy Not Hungary’ Global Goal Award. His presentation focused on the solutions applied that halved stunting levels in two years in Yorosso district in Mali. These results have shown that innovative climate resilient approaches bringing together the whole community, ensuring continuity and ownership can deliver outstanding results in fighting child malnutrition.

Speakers agreed that key factors of successful programs are:

  • Strengthened partnerships,
  • Advocacy at international level,
  • Communications
  • Creating a culture of nutrition-sensitivity across all sectors and government structures.

This resonates with the findings of a new report from the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food  Systems (IPES-Food) titled “Unravelling The Food–Health Nexus.

The lead author Cecilia Rocha points out “Food systems are making us sick. Unhealthy diets are the most obvious link, but are only one of many pathways through which food and farming systems affect human health.” She adds “This means that there are multiple entry points for building healthier food systems. We must urgently address these impacts wherever they occur, and in parallel we must address the root causes of inequitable, unsustainable and unhealthy practices in food systems.”

You can download the report here.

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