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Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition • FSN Forum

Re: Invitation to an open discussion on the political outcome document of the ICN2

Derek Headey
Derek HeadeyIFPRIUnited States of America

Dear sir/madam,

My Director General, Shenggen Fan (IFPRI), asked me to provide some comments on ICN2 zero draft political outcome document. I have only three comments. First, much mention is made of the commitments on nutrition made in 1992, but there are no obvious details of what those commitments were. Second, on item 7, there is discussion of exclusive breastfeeding as a goal, but not of appropriate complementary feeding. This is at least as important a constraint as breastfeeding, and relevant to food systems. Third, there is discussion of relevant sectors, such as health, education, agriculture, etc, but no mention of sanitation, water, family planning and other infrastructure. These sectors are potentially significant contributors and should not be excluded.

Best regards


Derek Headey, PhD

Research Fellow.
Poverty, Health & Nutrition Division
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington DC