SE068 Transforming Our Food System: Scaling Up Action for Improved Nutrition

Organizers

  • CFS Private Sector Mechanism (PSM)
  • Nestle
  • Danone
  • Nuffield International
  • 4H International
  • Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

The vision of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is to provide a forum for stakeholders to work together in a coordinated way to ensure food security and nutrition for all. This work is particularly aimed at delivering on SDG 2 (end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture) and SDG 3 (ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages). To address these challenges, the CFS is currently working on Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition. The Private Sector Mechanism seeks to be full partners to eliminate hunger and all forms of malnutrition.

As part of this goal, PSM would like to celebrate the work being done all along the food value chain to innovatively address key challenges. It is widely agreed that sustainable solutions must involve actors from different parts of the food supply chain working together in a collaborative and efficient manner. However, we too rarely see concise examples of how these diverse actors interact with one another on a day-to-day basis.

This side event aims to convene a physical representation of the food value chain in order to clearly illustrate the ways that different actors come together to produce food that is nutritious for people and sustainable for the planet. It will bring discussions of food transformation to life by showing, for example, how innovative farmers make their goods more nutrition-sensitive; how creative processors reduce food loss and waste; how insightful retailers appeal to consumer needs without sacrificing nutrition; and more.

Key speakers/presenters

  • Moderator: Florence Tartanac, FAO
  • Cameron Henderson, Nuffield
  • Susan Kevork, Nestle
  • John E. Lamb, Heifer International
  • Margaret Munene, Palmhouse Dairies
  • Agnes Martin, Danone
  • Abigail Durheim, 4H USA

Main themes/issues discussed 

Members of this side event’s panel discussed their involvement in the food value chain and illustrated ways in which they come together to produce food that is nutritious for people and sustainable for the planet. The panellists explained the impact of consumer demand and livelihoods on nutrition. Discussions focused on how innovative farmers make their goods more nutrition-sensitive; how creative processors reduce food loss and waste; how insightful retailers appeal to consumer needs without sacrificing nutrition; and more.

Summary of key points

For farmers, it is essential that they understand the impact of their agricultural practices. This includes understanding the risks and how to prevent them, understanding food safety science, and also understanding the impact of their actions on their environment. With this knowledge, they are able to make the best choices for their livelihoods, for nutrition and to maintain sustainable agricultural practices.
Consumer demand and consumer trends play a major role in what products are being developed. Food processors, retailers and marketers must provide consumers with the tools to make the right decisions for their health and for the environment. This can be done through transparency of ingredients, transparency of production, and a wide range of products for them to choose from.
The entire food-value chain plays a key role in maintaining nutrition for all. Through ensuring improved livelihoods and access to resources, they can maintain the quality and nutrition of their products.

Key take away messages

  • Business must be at the core of the transformation of the food system.
  • It is essential that we protect food quality, increase food quantity and do it with less resources.
  • By providing farmers with resources, we are able to help manage the quality of their outputs. This then results in improving the livelihoods of their farmers by providing them with income to maintain a diverse and nutritious diet for their family.
  • Food system transformation is affected by consumer demand and consumer trends.
  • Food processors, retailers and marketers have a responsibility to help consumers make healthy choices. It is important to continue to innovate in agriculture so we can continue to provide consumers with diverse products which are nutritious.
CFS 46 Side Event: SE068 Transforming Our Food System: Scaling Up Action for Improved Nutrition

 

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