Capacity development roadmap implementation

In 2020, FAO initiated the Capacity Development Roadmap: Promoting healthy diets from sustainable food systems to support the implementation of revised Vision and Strategy for FAO’s Work in Nutrition. Its overall objective is to guide FAO’s capacity development efforts to promote healthy diets and contribute to preventing all forms of malnutrition.

The Roadmap aims to support all the stakeholders, within and beyond FAO, involved in the planning and implementation of nutrition-sensitive capacity development activities to achieve measurable results. It addresses all capacity development dimensions in terms of the individual, organizational and environmental levels. The implementation will prioritize countries with high prevalence of malnutrition, hunger and extreme poverty (in line with the list of priority countries targeted by the Hand‐in‐Hand Initiative), as well as ongoing capacity development activities, and/or initiatives that present clear opportunities for collaboration in line with the Roadmap.

The implementation of the Roadmap builds upon complementary roles and respective strengths within FAO, with headquarters having the global overview of norms, standards, tools and knowledge, and the regional, sub-regional and country offices being closer to the delivery, needs and implementers. The four pillars of implementation include:

  • Strategic partnering: capacity development for increased awareness and commitment to healthy diets from sustainable food systems.
  • Quality assurance: continuous updates and adaptation of capacity development products and methods.
  • Demand-driven delivery: optimal uptake of capacity development products and methods based on actual needs
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL): increased ownership and accountability of capacity development results.

The Roadmap aims to scale up the implementation of current capacity development activities as well as address identified gaps such as:

  • Generate data to enable Common Country Analyses (as part of the UN Reform).
  • Generate Knowledge and sharing on food systems’ impact on healthy diets.
  • Strengthen guidance at sub-national level to bring together nutrition and food systems actors.
  • Tailor capacity development modalities targeting non-state actors, including private sector and CSOs.
  • Document and disseminate lessons learned on good practices across countries
  • Support adoption and adaptation of the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition.

We look for partners to implement the Roadmap within and beyond FAO.

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