Foro Global sobre Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición • Foro FSN

contributions available in the proceedings

Discussions from n.1 to n.10

To download the topic discussed click on the title.

Discussion No. 10
Genetically Modified Organisms and Food Security

31.03.2008 - 09.05.2008

Forum members were invited to:
1. Share examples of where smallholder farmers use genetically modified crops and the advantages and disadvantages they have noticed in relation to conventional corps.
2. Share examples of where multinational companies/ governments and others have promoted their genetic crops to small-scale farmers, specifically thinking of promises of higher yields and greater access to new markets.
3. Provide contact details of NGOs other organisations or people who are aware or engaged in similar studies to contact and share information.

Discussion No. 9
Food Price Rise as a Motive for Action Against Hunger and Malnutrition

26.03.2008 - 18.04.2008

Forum members shared ideas and experiences on how individuals, communities and countries can use the food price rise as a motive for concerted action against chronic hunger and malnutrition.

Discussion No. 8
Community Forestry and Food Security

17.03.2008 - 17.04.2008

The Forum members shared documents or studies on different food security indicators.  They aso discussed the following issues: lAre there studies that evaluate the contribution of community forestry to food security? What would be the best mechanisms to anchor Agricultural Activities and ensure Food Security in a Community Forestry process, which generally consists in management of natural/forest resources by and for local populations?

Discussion No. 7
Measuring household FSN, with a focus on HIV/AIDS affected households

05.02.2008 - 14.03.2008

Which tools, indicators or methods should be used for measuring the Food Security of households containing adults malnourished with HIV/AIDS?

Discussion No. 6
The Way Forward For Small Holder Farmers

15.01.2008 - 16.02.2008

Why have the conditions of small holder farmers been getting worse and worse over the past 30 years? What is the way forward for small holder farmers and what are the implications, particularly for policy-making?

Discussion No. 5
Agricultural Biodiversity and FSN

07.01.2008 - 05.02.2008

Is the issue of Agricultural Biodiversity (i.e. the ecosystem, species and genetic diversity found in agricultural landscapes) much discussed in FSN circles? For example, are variables such as the number of different varieties of sorghum or the number of different leafy green vegetables (for example) grown by people in an area the kind of baseline data that are documented when doing livelihoods and food security vulnerability assessments?
Is this aspect of livelihoods and food security sometimes ignored, or at least not given the consideration it deserves?

Discussion No. 4
Nutrition education - essential but often neglected

19.11.2007 - 07.12.2007

The topic "Nutrition education - essential but often neglected" was raised by Ms Jane Sherman, education consultant, and facilitated by Ms Ellen Muehlhoff, Senior Officer, Nutrition and Consumer Protection Division, FAO.

Discussion No. 3
Topics on which research is most needed

12.11.2007 - 07.12.2007

The aims of this discussion were the following:
- To provide references with which we can substantiate the typical claims in FSN fields
- To collect opinions and insights on the topics on which research is most needed
- To collect opinions and insights on how to solve the lack of necessary research/evidence

Discussion No. 2
Emerging topics for the programme of the 2nd International Conference on Poverty, Food and Health

13.11.2007 - 20.11.2007

Suggestions for emerging topics for the programme of the 2nd International Conference on Poverty, Food and Health, involving the Human Rights approach, which took place in Lisbon, from 28th to 30th November, 2007.

Discussion No. 1
Drawing lessons from food security and nutrition research, analysis and information for improved decision making and response

16.10.2007 - 16.11.2007