Agricultural Development Economics

Adopting a territorial approach to food security and nutrition policy: A joint FAO - OECD - UNCDF publication

Monday, 19 September 2016  
13:00–15:00, Austria Room (C250 Bis)

• Ms Brave Ndisale Director, Social Policies and Rural Institutions, FAO

Opening addresses  
• Mr Kostas Stamoulis, Assistant Director General a.i., Economic and Social Development Department, FAO
• Mr Paolo Cuculi, Deputy Director General for the Italian Foreign Ministry’s Development Cooperation
• Mr Heiner Thofern, Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to FAO
• Mr Torben Nilsson – Senior Global Engagement Specialist, IFAD

Current food security and nutrition (FSN) policies are characterised by a sectoral, top-down and “one-size-fits-all” approach that has been unable to deliver appropriate long-term responses to food insecurity. Many organizations are claiming the need for a paradigm shift in addressing FSN policies thus to embrace and take into consideration multisectoral, bottom-up and place-based interventions. 

FAO, OECD and UNCDF have joined forces in a multi-year and multi-phase initiative to assess Food Security and Nutrition policies from a territorial perspective which allows the diversity of different regions to be taken into account, while leading to a better understanding of differences in development opportunities that are so often missed with one-dimensional or one-size-fits-all policies.

The first phase of this joint initiative has resulted in a publication called Adopting a Territorial Approach to Food Security and Nutrition Policy. This publication is the result of the consolidation of the evidence gathered from the findings of eight country studies in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

This side-event will be divided in two main parts:
• FAO, OECD and UNCDF, together with other international organizations, will present the publication and discuss the key findings and main outcomes. 
• Mr Fabrizio Barca, former Italian Minister for Territorial Cohesion and Director General of the Ministry of Finance, will present the Italian experience in the application of a territorial approach.