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Forum global sur la sécurité alimentaire et la nutrition • Forum FSN

Re: Maximizing the Impact of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition

Mariela Contreras
Mariela ContrerasConsultantHonduras

It is important that governments are hold accountable and include nutrition as a priority in their agendas. A way this can be done is by engaging them in platforms such as the SUN movement. Then, it will be much easier that governmental budget is allocated through Ministries that are in line with implementing nutrition sensitive and specific interventions at the local levels.

It is also vital that the roll out of nutrition interventions are in line with conceptual frameworks that include immediate determinants of undernutrition such as inadequate dietary practices and illnesses, but also less commonly targeted underlying factors such as inadequate women´s care to thus promote adequate nutrition in vulnerable populations. 

It is time that agriculture interventions are linked more with nutrition priorities. Examples of these are biofortification with the aim to decrease undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies in vulnerable populations. I also hope that donors prioritize not only undernutrition but also overweight and multiple micronutrient deficiencies as they are common ailments in today´s low and middle income countries.