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

Mr. Mohamed Salih Mohamed Yassin University of Udine, Italy
Mohamed Salih Mohamed

The private sector and civil society are numbed in the various phases of policy design and implementation process. In order to enhance its engagement and participation, it should increase its advocacy and lobby the policy-maker and play the role of policy changers. In other words, it should pass from a passive player to a more proactive and participating actors. It can use many pressure tools such as media campaigning, organizing purchasing groups and communities, boycott harmful agricultural practices and promote certain sustainable agricultural more nutritive food system. Nutrition-sensitivity and sensibility through the promotion of sound diet principles in the various societal layers, schools, universities, trade union…etc. It can sensitize communities on certain theme relevant themes normally ignore by the mainstream and conventional policy drivers. It should overcome the stereotypes widely diffused by certain elites that only them can lead, by gaining confidence and operate on evidence based approaches. Of course, nutrition-enhancing requires a multi-stakeholders platform to be appropriated accommodated in policies addressed collectively.

Around the world, there are many success stories, but that are not sufficiently highlighted by the mass media to be adapted and/or adopted, the same failure stories should be narrated to allow opportunities of avoidance by potential victims. There are a jam of programmes which render its examination and selection a huge and exhausting task. Specialized agencies, should assist in that not by spoon feeding, but by summarizing it and put it in suitable format to be useful to wide spectrum of users.   

The governance as relational system should be subjected to regular check-ups to examine its effectiveness and efficiency. That should be done, preferable in participated democratic transparent and accountable patterns. The Agricultural and Food Chain can be checked vertically and horizontally in holistic lens make use of panels of experts and knowledge and experience holders.

Innovative multi-format partnerships, such as private public partnership (PPP), can involve the CSOs to strengthen agricultural and food and nutritional sustainable and resilient systems. Putting the humankind as core stakeholder, not only physically, but going by that.

This is merely theoritical reflection prior to go through the background materials provided due to time constraints.


YASSIN Mohamed S. M.
University of Udine
Deprt. of Civil Engineering & Architecture
Research Doctorate Candidate in Economics, Ecology, Landscape and Territory
Via delle Scienze, 208
33100 Udine