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FAO/WHO Regional Symposium for Africa on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition

A joint FAO/WHO Regional Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition is scheduled to take place on the 30th and 31st of October, 2017 in Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire. This Regional Symposium would precede the 8th Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security on the 1st of November, 2017.

In December 2016, FAO and WHO successfully co-organized the global Symposium on “Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition. This was a follow up to the recommendations by Member States during the International Conference on Nutrition (ICN-2) and the Declaration of the UN-Decade of Action on Nutrition to operationalize the Rome Declaration and its Framework for Action on Nutrition.

The Africa Regional Symposium will focus on the region’s specific contextual realities as a follow up to the strategic global events.

The main objective of the Regional Symposium is to recognize the long-term benefits of sustainable food systems for healthier diets and improved nutrition on the socio-economic development of Africa and create the platform for stakeholders to re-commit to dedicate resources for sustained and coherent implementation of the various policies, programmes and initiatives to impact nutrition and health.