Expert Consultation on Nutrition Indicators for Biodiversity


Expert Consultation
on Nutrition Indicators
for Biodiversity

2. Food consumption



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FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Rome 2011


Abstract

The development of nutrition indicators for biodiversity is a collaborative international process, led by FAO together with Bioversity International and other partners. The task is part of the Cross-Cutting Initiative on Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition.

The initiative was launched on the basis of a recognized link between biodiversity, food and nutrition and the need to enhance sustainable use of food biodiversity to combat hunger and malnutrition. The Cross-Cutting Initiative on Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition was formally established in 2006 by Decision VIII/23 A of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBDCOP). The development of the food consumption indicator is supported by the 2010 Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (2010 BIP), coordinated by United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre.

An Expert Consultation was held on 8 and 9 June 2009 in Washington, DC, the United States of America, to develop the food consumption Nutrition Indicator for Biodiversity. The 12 experts from nine countries agreed on an indicator for food consumption consisting of a count in different surveys of the number of foods reported with a sufficiently detailed description of genus, species, subspecies and variety/cultivar/breed. Reporting for this indicator will also include the number of dietary assessment surveys taking biodiversity into consideration in relation to the total number of surveys examined.

Monitoring the indicator will involve examining well-documented literature, including international, regional, national, sub-national survey reports and scientific literature. Reporting will be carried out by FAO every two years. It is hoped that the number of foods reported and the number of food consumption surveys taking account of biodiversity will show a positive trend, indicating the increasing recognition of the importance of biodiversity for food and nutrition.

It is expected that these indicators will become an advocacy tool to promote awareness of the importance of food biodiversity, including wild, indigenous and traditional foods, while contributing to nutrition security and the conservation and sustainable use of food biodiversity.



TABLE OF CONTENTS

FOREWORD
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS
SUMMARY
2 BACKGROUND
3 DECLARATION OF INTEREST
4 THE INDICATOR

4.1 Definition of Indicator
4.2 Food Level
4.3 Surveys and Survey Instruments
4.4 Publication Level
4.5 Reporting

5 RECOMMENDATIONS

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ANNEXES
1. List of Participants (Participants and Secretariat)
2. Draft Agenda
3. Dietary Assessment Instruments
4. Template for Reporting Foods Contributing to Indicator
5. Examples of National or Regional Surveys that were
    Adapted for Biodiversity
6. Baseline Reporting of Indicator 2 of 2009
7. Glossary
8. Resources
9. Bibliography
10. Support for Countries to Generate, Compile and Disseminate
     Cultivar-specific Nutrient Composition Data, and the Relative      Priority of Obtaining Cultivar-specific Dietary Consumption Data
11. Extract of the Report CGRFA-11/07/10

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