The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has just endorsed it’s new Nutrition Strategy. It sets the nutrition objectives of the FAO for the next five years and so will be the framework for the actions the FAO weill take over that time.
The framework includes the following;
- enhancing access to nutritious foods while reducing food loss and waste
- assessing the impact of COVID-19 on healthy diets
- building healthy diets and resilient agri-food systems through the opportunity provided by the COVID-19 crisis
The aim is to support countries in enabling healthy diets and boosting the agri-food systems across the world in producing and delivering foods which are safe, diverse, culturally safe, affordable and adequate.
An implementation and monitoring framework is included in the Strategy, which makes the FAO hold itself accountable for progress on meeting the objectives. It is not a stand alone strategy as it sits beside and as part of the FAO’s Strategic Framework 2022-31.
It adopts a systems approach to nutrition with a focus on the links which exist between acess to healthy diets and the food environment, the food value chains and agriculture itself. There are significant nutrition challenges in our world, particularly the increase in obesity whilst at the same time there is significant malnutrition, and this Strategy aims to work on these.
The new Strategy can be found at http://www.fao.org/3/ne853en/ne853en.pdf