Re: The e-Consultation on Hunger, Food and Nutrition Security

Sara Wuehler Micronutrient Forum secretariat, unofficial comments, Canada
11-01-2013

The new Micronutrient Forum has been working on strategy development topics that may provide some insight into the process, but not available for this deadline.  If you will take suggestions beyond this date, please let me know. 

 

In the mean time, my personal input is the following:

 

Theme 1:

 

lessons learned: a) Current global and national support, although improved, is still insufficient and/or not evenly distributed to those sectors where progress and funding is required, i.e. nutritional aspects of various interventions; b) More time/ effort is needed to move beyond uni-sectoral approaches and recognize the whole-ness that is needed for effective programs and interventions

 

Challenges:

 

a) Getting various groups to set aside prejudices and recognize each-others’ contributions and essentiality in the mix

b) Removing the threats and waste introduced by warring and greedy countries and leaders

c) Getting countries to develop population-driven long-term agendas, as opposed to donor or politically driven agendas that drop as soon as the funds end or the next political leader takes over

 

Theme 2:

what works:

 

a) Programs and interventions MUST come from within each country (encouraging topics by providing funding is self-limiting)

b) International organizations must recognize and work from the fundamental premise that no matter what we do, we cannot force countries or individuals within countries to comply (obesity and non-communicable disease in Europe and North America are classic examples)

 

Theme 3:  These objectives are a mixed bag of some thought and some essentially unattainable goals that do not take into consideration the fundamental causes behind the “clinical signs”

 

Should build objectives that approach the cause:

 

a) All countries have functioning cross-sectoral working groups that develop country-specific plans aimed at reaching universal year-round access to appropriate and adequate food, reducing chronic malnutrition (as demonstrated by reductions in stunting), developing sustainable food systems aimed at improving the quality and quantity of food and minimizing any waste and loss of these foods;

b) All political leaders demonstrate their commitment to long-term national development by developing nutrition and health systems that continue to function separately from a given political party.

 

Now THAT would be something to accomplish