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Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), 19-21 November 2014

Sustainable Nutrition Security - Restoring the bridge between agriculture and health

Good health depends on good nutrition. Good nutrition, in turn, depends on agriculture to provide the foods – cereals, pulses, vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, milk and dairy products – for a balanced diet that meets our needs for energy, protein, vitamins and minerals.
The founders of FAO were acutely aware that nutrition is the bridge between agriculture and health. In the preamble to the Organization’s constitution, “raising levels of nutrition” is the first purpose of its Member Nations.
FAO’s first Director-General was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his pioneering work on nutrition. Nutrition is embedded in FAO’s definition of food security: that all people, at all times, have sufficient, safe and nutritious food for an active and healthy life. In its strategic framework 2010-2019, FAO’s first goal is reducing the number of hungry and ensuring adequate nutrition for all.


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