103 The role of governments, the private sector and consumers in shaping food environments for nutrition

How to support food environments to deliver healthy diets?

Organizers

  • FAO
  • UK Department for International Development
  • Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition

Abstract

Positioned within the food systems framework, as the interface between food supply and food demand of consumers, food environments can serve as tangible policy entry point to optimize the impact of food supply chains and their functions on consumers' food choices and diets.

This side event will highlight initiatives and actions taken by governments and businesses in low- and middle-income countries to support food environments to promote healthy, nutritious diets.

The discussion will focus on the interactions between the public and private sectors around nutrition, and the opportunities governments have to create the right conditions for change. Member country representatives will share their experience of initiatives aiming at making diverse, nutritious diets more available and affordable. Private sector experiences will be also discussed. The panel will conclude with a call for focused, determined, and sustained action to improve food systems for a world free of hunger and malnutrition. In advance of the Global Nutrition Summit hosted by the Government of Japan in 2020, the event will contribute to strengthening momentum in the fight against malnutrition in all its forms.

Key speakers/presenters

  • HE Terri Sarch, UK Ambassador, Permanent Representative, FAO
  • Dr Jessica Fanzo , Senior Nutrition and Food Systems Officer, FAO
  • H.E. Evelyne Togbe-Olory, Benin Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Agencies
  • Dr Fatiha Terki, Deputy Director Nutrition Division at World Food Program, on behalf of the SUN Business Network
  • Stefano Prato, Managing Director, Society for International Development
  • Prof Sandy Thomas, Director, Global Panel on Agriculture and Food  Systems for Nutrition
  • Dr Anna Lartey, Director of Nutrition and Food Systems Division, FAO

Main themes/issues discussed

Food Systems, and food environments for nutrition

Summary of key points

Positioned within the food systems framework, as the interface between food supply and food demand of consumers, food environments can serve as tangible policy entry point to optimise the impact of food supply chains and their functions on consumers' food choices and diets. The private sector plays a key role in this space and stronger engagement to improve nutrition is required. The multi-stakeholder panel concluded that changing food systems is everybody’s business and collaboration is essential to fighting malnutrition globally.

Key take away messages

  • Shaping food systems is everybody’s business;
  • Actions are needed on all fronts (public and private sectors, and consumers);
  • Good nutrition can be a good business;
  • Consumers have a great power to shape supply of nutritious foods;
  • Global opportunities to shape food systems are coming up.
CFS Side Event 103 - The role of governments, the private sector and consumers in shaping food environments for nutrition