The ability to access and consume nutritious food is to some extent an outcome of their membership and relationships with other members of society. This is especially true in times of crises. To identify and discuss success stories, challenges and way forward to achieving food and nutritional security, this discussion focuses on social relations and networks for food security and nutrition.
To feed into and inform the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), a series of on-line discussions are scheduled to be held on selected thematic areas. This online discussion aims to explore how the most disadvantaged and nutritionally vulnerable groups of society can be protected by an inclusive development process through the design and implementation of nutrition-enhancing social policies and social protection interventions.
The concept of paying farmers and rural dwellers for the environmental services they provide has gained prominence as a tool for achieving ecosystem conservation and, at the same time, improving the livelihoods of farmers as environmental service providers. There are however many open questions with regard to the scope of PES, their cost-effectiveness in addressing the growing global challenges of climate change and food security, and its underlying economic assumptions. In this online discussion we hope to find answers on how best to address the challenges and opportunities based on prior practical experience and research.
Economic growth can be a powerful driver for increased food security when translated into agricultural growth. However, to reduce poverty and hunger, growth needs to reach the poor and the increased income needs to generate demand for the assets controlled by them. As not all countries are being equally successful in generating this inclusive growth, how can good governance and social protection help to translate economic growth into improved food security and nutrition for all?