Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum)

Nutrition

Summaries of consultations

UN Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016–2025: priority actions on nutrition for the next five years

This document summarizes the online consultation “UN Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016–2025: priority actions on nutrition for the next five years” held on the FAO Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum) from 20 May to 21 June 2021. The consultation was organized in the context of...

Reports and briefs

Impact evaluation of home-grown school feeding programmes

This publication seeks to support practitioners by providing methodological guidelines for conducting rigorous impact assessments of Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) programmes. It presents an overview of the main technical issues to be addressed depending on the characteristics of the context and...

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Consultation
Reducing inequalities for food security and nutrition

Reducing inequalities for food security and nutrition - HLPE consultation on the report’s scope

During its 46th  plenary session, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) adopted its four-year Programme of Work, which includes a request to its High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) to produce a report on “Reducing inequalities for food security and nutrition”, to be presented at the 51st plenary session of the CFS in October 2023. To implement this CFS request, the HLPE is launching an online consultation to seek views and comments on the scope and building blocks of the report.

CFS High Level Ministerial Event at Expo Dubai - Food Systems Transformation in Action: The CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition

Organized by CFS in collaboration with the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa at the MENA Agri-Food Innovation Days at Expo Dubai, the high level event will:

  • Raise awareness about the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition (VGFSN) and mobilize policy and political commitments by governments, donors, civil society, private sector, and others for further promotion and implementation of the VGFSN and other flagship CFS policy guidelines, especially within national food system transition pathways linked to the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit.
  • Showcase UAE’s global and regional leadership on sustainable food systems including championing the utilization of CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition.

The event will take place on 24 February 2022, 12:30 - 14:00 GST / 9:30 - 11:00 CET

                                                                     Register here.

Speakers:

  • H.E. Gabriel Ferrero y de Loma-Osorio, Chairperson, CFS
  • H.E. Mariam Al Mehairi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, United Arab Emirates
  • Dr Jessica Fanzo, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Food and Agriculture Policy and Ethics
  • Dr Maximo Torero Cullen, Chief Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • Hon. Bwino Fred Kyakulaga, Minister of State for Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Uganda
  • Ambassador Pio Wennubst, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to United Nations Organizations in Rome
  • Ms Anna Scavuzzo, Deputy Mayor of Milan
  • Dr AbdulHakim Elwaer, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for the Near East and North Africa, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • Dr Martien van Nieuwkoop, Global Director Agriculture and Food Global Practice, The World Bank
  • Dr Agnes Kalibata, AGRA President and former Special Envoy for the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit

For more information, visit the CFS webpage or watch the livestream on the CFS YouTube channel.

Consultation
HLPE

Data collection and analysis tools for food security and nutrition - Online consultation on the V0 Draft of the Report proposed by the HLPE Steering Committee and the Project Team

During its 46th Plenary Session, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) adopted its four-year Programme of Work (MYPoW 2020-2023), which includes a request to the High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) to produce a report on “Data collection and analysis tools” for food security and nutrition. To implement this CFS request, the HLPE is launching an open e-consultation to seek views and comments on the V0 draft of the report.

FAO flagships

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021

In recent years, several major drivers have put the world off track to ending world hunger and malnutrition in all its forms by 2030. The challenges have grown with the COVID-19 pandemic and related containment measures. This report presents the first global assessment of food insecurity and...

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Consultation

Consultation for the development of the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Gender Equality and Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition

To guide progress on gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment, CFSat its 46th Session in October 2019 decided to develop Voluntary Guidelines on Gender Equality and Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition. CFS now invites all actors involved in addressing food insecurity and malnutrition to provide feedback on the Zero Draft of the Guidelines.

Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Nutrition and Food Systems

Professionals working in food and nutrition policy and institutional environment need to understand the major nutrition problems and their consequences on human, social and economic development. In addition, they have to possess competencies to design, implement, monitor and evaluate policies and programmes, adopting a holistic and integrated approach. They should be able to apply “systems thinking” in support of equitable, integrated, sustainable food systems and healthy diets. 

This MOOC covers the interlinkages between food, nutrition, and agri-food systems, and the importance of adopting a multisectoral and multidisciplinary approach for promoting healthy diets and nutrition through food systems. It offers collaborative activities such as live webinars, video recordings of experts’ contributions, publications and other relevant learning materials including links to other relevant self-paced e-learning courses.

At the end of each week of learning, participants will be offered to pass a graded test. Only students who participate actively and pass all weekly tests will be granted the final certificate, that attests the acquisition of competencies related to the MOOC.

Structure of the MOOC

Target audience

This MOOC is especially relevant for decision makers, policy makers, policy advisors  and formulators, investment planners, project managers involved in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of agri-food system policies and programmes for healthy diets and improved nutrition.

The course is also aimed at professionals and students  in the areas of food systems, nutrition, agriculture, forestry and fisheries, who are also interested in obtaining the FAO Certificate for “Nutrition and Food Systems”.

Learning objectives

At the end of this MOOC, you will be able to:

  • Explain how food systems shape peoples’ diets, and affect their nutritional and health status and the socio-economic development of countries;
  • Describe the linkages and impact pathways between agri-food systems, food and nutrition;
  • Advocate for a multisectoral and multidisciplinary food-systems approach for promoting healthy diets and addressing malnutrition;
  • Contribute to the design of actions and programmes drawing on lessons learned from different countries and contexts. 

How to attend

The MOOC is free and open to everyone, provided you have the link to the platform.

To join the MOOC, kindly register here.

Each module is unlocked on a certain date, and all resources will remain available until the last day of the course. On average, participants will spend about 5 hours working on the MOOC each week.

Registrations by interested applicants must be submitted by 12 September 2021.

Registered participants will receive the credentials to access the course no later than 15 September 2021.

Watch the teaser here.

Accessing FAO's knowledge resources

Knowledge is at the core of FAO’s mandate.

Ahead of the Food Systems Summit, join the Publications team to find out more about where to find FAO publications, the different formats available, how you can re-use the material, how to sign up for the latest releases, and more. Each of the five sessions in the series links to one of the Food Systems Summit Action Tracks.

Last on the agenda: Wednesday 22 September at 2 pm (Rome time) – "Knowledge session on Action Area: Build resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks and stress".

This session will focus on resources around emergencies, resilience and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please register here. More information on FAO resources can be found here

If you missed the previous webinars, check out our resources related to the other Action Areas, including “Ensure access to safe and nutritious food for all”, “Shift to sustainable consumption patterns”, “Boost nature-positive production”, and “Advance equitable livelihoods, decent work, & empowered communities”.

Surveys
HLPE

Local impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food security and nutrition - A survey by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE)

The HLPE has recently updated and extended its earlier analyses of the main trends affecting food systems that have resulted from COVID-19 and associated lockdowns. The present survey aims to complete this general analysis by allowing an understanding at finer geographical scales of the consequences of the pandemic for food security and nutrition.

Survey responses: 120