Food and Nutrition Security
FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY: FOOD-BASED APPROACHES FOR IMPROVING DIETS AND RAISING LEVELS OF NUTRITION
UNITED AGAINST HUNGER AND MALNUTRITION
7 - 9 December 2010
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations convened an International Symposium on "Food and nutrition security: food-based approaches for improving diets and raising levels of nutrition" at FAO Headquarters in Rome, 7- 9 December, 2010. The purpose of the Symposium was to increase awareness of policy makers and programmers of the benefits nutrition-sensitive, food-based approaches have for improving diets and raising levels of nutrition. Papers were presented by leading experts that clearly demonstrate the nutritional benefits of food-based approaches and for incorporating nutrition objectives into agriculture, food security, economic and other development policies and programmes. Opportunities and challenges were identified for promoting nutrition–sensitive, food-based approaches and for enhancing and monitoring their impact on food and nutrition in terms of food quality and safety, food consumption and diets, and nutritional outcomes.
This event served as the basis for further dialogue, debate and information exchange and to facilitate wider support for an international movement committed to the implementation of effective, sustainable and long-term nutrition-sensitive, food-based solutions to hunger and malnutrition.
The Symposium is part of the preparatory activities leading up to the second joint FAO/WHO International Conference on Nutrition (ICN+20) which is planned to be held in Rome 13-15 November 2013, that is, 21 years after the first ICN in 1992.