Capacity development

FAO is actively supporting regional and country capacities to shape food systems that enable healthy diets. Developing appropriate food systems policies and actions entails improving governments' and non-State actors' capacities for carrying out the necessary actions. To achieve this goal, FAO has developed a Capacity Development Roadmap in support of the revised Vision and Strategy for FAO's Work in Nutrition (FAO's Nutrition Strategy). The Roadmap will steer the capacity development activities by addressing current gaps and leveraging opportunities. To know more about the Capacity Development Roadmap and its implementation click here.

Main resources by thematic area

FAO has developed a series of technical papers, policy briefs, manuals, e-learning courses, webinars and videos to assist partners in the design and implementation of appropriate, informed and coherent food systems policies and actions.

Click on the thematic areas to know more about our capacity development resources and publications.


Section: Food composition

A common vision for global action to eradicate hunger and end all forms of malnutrition was defined by the ten commitments of the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and the accompanying 60 recommended policy options and strategies in its Framework for...

Section: Nutrition policies and programmes

Prevention is always better than cure; lifestyle and food play a critical role in disease prevention and management. The earlier a person starts to eat a healthy and balanced diet, the more he or she will stay healthy and be...

Section: Nutrition policies and programmes

Schools can develop multiple-win situations and positive outcomes in learning performance, food security, nutrition, rural development, local economy and lifestyle practices and habits. This short document provides comprehensive models of action currently being promoted and key factors of success.

Section: Nutrition policies and programmes

Despite its nutritional, economic, social and cultural importance, street food in Africa is undermined by food safety issues, poor nutritional variety, widespread informality of vendors , and policy gaps. Major findings provided by literature throughout the last two and a...

Section: Nutrition Education

Food is wasted because we put too much food on our plates, we buy food and don‘t eat it before it goes off, restaurants or and school cafeterias serve portions that are too big, etc. This poster conveys key messages...