28 April 2020, Rome – After an intensive consultative and iterative course of during the last two years, the Vision and Strategy for FAO’s Work in Nutrition (FAO’s Nutrition Strategy) was endorsed on the 166th Session of the FAO Council final week. The new technique establishes FAO’s targets for diet going ahead and gives a framework to information FAO’s motion over the subsequent 5 years.
The new Nutrition Strategy units out a framework for FAO’s future motion, which incorporates enhancing entry to nutritious meals whereas decreasing Food Loss and Waste, assessing the affect of COVID-19 on wholesome diets and utilizing the COVID-19 disaster as a chance to spice up wholesome diets and resilient agri-food methods. It particulars how FAO goals to assist international locations in enabling wholesome diets and boosting the capability of all actors alongside the agri-food system to proceed producing and delivering inexpensive, satisfactory, secure, various and culturally acceptable meals.
“The new Vision and Strategy for FAO’s Work in Nutrition takes us one step ahead in direction of a greater future with extra wholesome diets and higher diet,” mentioned FAO’s Director-General QU Dongyu. “FAO seems ahead to working intently with companions to implement this technique in assist of Members to rework their agri-foods methods for higher manufacturing, higher diet, a greater surroundings and a greater life, leaving nobody behind.”
Máximo Torero, FAO’s Chief Economist, added that the replace of the Vision and Strategy for FAO’s Work in Nutrition “comes on the proper time.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting agri-food methods and good diet is greater than ever necessary to assist individuals’s well being. With this new technique, FAO is as soon as once more placing individuals on the heart, working in any respect ranges of agri-food methods to make sure wholesome diets for all and handle all types of starvation and malnutrition in these onerous occasions,” he continued.
The new FAO Nutrition Strategy incorporates an implementation and monitoring framework, offering a mechanism for FAO to carry itself accountable for its actions and for reaching the proposed outcomes. It additionally aligns with the Organization’s proposed Strategic Framework 2022 – 31 to leverage all areas of FAO’s technical experience in direction of reaching the Four Betters: Better Production, Better Nutrition, a Better Environment and a Better Life.
The ‘methods method’ to diet
The new Nutrition Strategy brings FAO’s work in step with the diet challenges the world is going through. These embody the speedy enhance in weight problems and the fact that many international locations, communities and people endure from a number of types of malnutrition concurrently. Drawing on this, the Nutrition Strategy takes a ‘methods method’, which focuses on the hyperlink between agriculture, meals worth chains, meals environments, and entry to wholesome diets. This contains reforming all parts and actions associated to meals manufacturing, provide and consumption oriented in direction of wholesome diets to stop malnutrition.
The Nutrition Strategy reminds us that the selections on what we eat are influenced by our meals surroundings and agriculture and meals provide chains, and demonstrates how new insurance policies and actions in any respect components of the agri-food methods can enhance diet.
The Nutrition Strategy comes with the popularity that bettering our diets for higher diet would require a typical effort and the collaboration of all, beginning throughout the completely different areas of labor of FAO, its Members and companions. It features a plan to assist all FAO items and technical hubs to work collectively and enhance the contribution of their particular work to wholesome diets and diet for the populations of the international locations supported, in addition to a set of 15 actions areas describing the character of the work FAO can implement, and the instruments to measure progress made in implementing these actions.