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Foro Global sobre Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición • Foro FSN

Re: The contribution of the private sector and civil society to improve nutrition

UG2014 Group 8
UG2014 Group 8University of GuyanaGuyana

“We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more.” – Bill Clinton.

Working together is key for any plan to be successful. Divided though the private sector, civil society and government can carry out their roles and responsibilities well, when working together for a common goal – for instance, food security and better nutrition – each party can bring to the table their best skills and together nutrition levels can rise. In this comment we intend to answer the question under governance.

·         What are the changes needed to make sure that the private sector and civil society are involved in building effective and sustainable governance mechanisms related to agriculture, food systems and nutrition?

The world is continuously expanding and so is the demand for nutritious foods. The future is uncertain as it relates to Global Warning, which is an unpredictable factor in food production. It is important for all leaders of government, business, civil society to work together to achieve sustainable growth in the agriculture production.

Private sector needs to constantly collaborate with civil society and other stakeholders to invest in research for innovative means of using fewer resources to gain more food.  Consistently interact with their focus groups via monthly meetings, workshops etc. With advancements in technology we can produce more food of higher quality using fewer resources therefore maximising scarce resources.

As we noted in a previous comment, civil society has closer relationships with the average citizen while the private sector has better skills and materials available to draft policies. If these two groups and corporate and bridge the knowledge gap they can provide useful information to policy makers that will enhance governance mechanisms related to agriculture, food systems and nutrition. In other words, as the policy makers will be better equipped as they can add to their skill set the knowledge of both the private and civil society to create policies that not only reach out to the average citizen but also looks at the country’s economic state.