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    Asia and the Pacific Regional High Level Consultation on Gender, Food Security and Nutrition: Ensuring the Other Half Equal Opportunities. Bangkok, Thailand, 24- 26 July 2013
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    2013
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    The Asia and the Pacific Regional High Level Consultation on Gender, Food Security and Nutrition co-organized by ADB, FAO, and WOCAN was convened to advance ongoing efforts to promote gender equality as an effective strategy to achieve food security and nutrition in the Asia-Pacific region. It was the first regional high-level consultation focusing on the linkages between gender, food security and nutrition issues. The consultation was an opportunity to raise awareness on the gender dimensions o f food and nutrition insecurity and their implications for rural poverty, agricultural productivity and national development in Asia and the Pacific. The ADB and FAO publication ‘Gender Equality and Food Security – Women’s Empowerment as a Tool Against Hunger’, authored by Prof. Olivier de Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food was launched on the first day of the event, and served to anchor the discussions around the pressing challenges of gender discrimination in the Asia-Pac ific region that are serious impediments to achieving food security and nutrition. The consultation was attended by key stakeholders, including leading representatives of the Member countries, non-governmental organizations (NGOs)/civil society organizations (CSOs), and women leaders of rural communities/institutions from seventeen countries around the Asia-Pacific region. The event was designed to facilitate a multi-stakeholder dialogue on strategic efforts to enhance gender responsive food and nutrition security interventions between the latter, United Nations and other development organizations, research institutions and the private sector. The event ensured a highly engaged exchange on good practices and lessons learned in this regard, and led to agreements on follow-up measures that would advance gender equity and women’s empowerment. There was general agreement on four critical approaches that would contribute to the overall goals of gender-responsive food and nutrition security outcomes: i) the importance of relying on human-rights based approaches; ii) the advantages of working in collaboration across the region through partnerships; iii) the crucial role of inclusivity of rural women, including indigenous women and marginalized and vulnerable groups through their organizations and networks in the design, development and implementation of gender equality and rural development programs and strategies; and iv) the importance of male involvement in gender transformative process to ensure the sustainability of future action in this regard. The participants identified and agreed to undertake follow-up actions in their respective countries to close the gender gap in agriculture and empower women so they could fully contribute to improve food and nutrition security in the region along key actions identified in the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 66-129, on the Improvement of the Situation of Women in Rural Areas.
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    Food safety policy and legislation in the newly decentralized Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
    FAO Technical Summary Report
    2018
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    In 2015, the new constitution was adopted in the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, which enshrines complete decentralization within the federalism. The process for the decentralization is currently under way in the year of 2017 and there are numerous uncertainties still outstanding in the food safety area. In particular, the government is still actively deciding how to assign various food safety activities to the three levels of government (central, regional, and local). In light of the situation, FAO has focused on providing inputs to guide the government’s decision making on which food safety related legislative activities to decentralize in the new federal system. Accordingly, a stakeholder consultation was held on 20 December 2017 to collect and disseminate the views of the governmental and non-governmental experts involved in food safety in Nepal, so as to provide the most up-to-date recommendations to the government on the decentralization process. Involving Nepali governmental, non-governmental, and consumer representatives in formulating the recommendations would also cultivate a sense of ownership in the process of decentralization to a federal system, fostering more compliance with the new set-up once it is in place. In conclusion, the stakeholder meeting agreed that the draft policy is quite comprehensive, but the structure of the document is not ideal, and it leaves out or underemphasizes some important issues, such as federalism, One Health approach, multi-sectoral coordination, and shared responsibility of food safety. As for the existing legislation, Nepal’s food laws may be 40 years old and modernization of certain items may be useful, but they can still serve as an adequate scaffolding for more detailed regulations that implement a comprehensive food safety system. Nonetheless, because Nepal needs new food legislation to operationalize the federal system, now is the perfect time to enact a comprehensive legislative framework that will reflect the new government structure, incorporate modern concepts of food safety, reflect the current international consensus, and embody the new food safety policy. On a practical level, the expert recommends that the government consider fostering better coordination among the various government entities involved in or tangentially related to food safety.
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    Accelerating Action on Food Security and Nutrition in Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) 2018
    The Global Action Programme (GAP) on Food Security and Nutrition in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) was launched in July 2017 with the aim of accelerating action on food security and nutrition to support the sustainable development of SIDS. Realizing the benefits of the GAP at the community level requires tailoring the Programme to the specific social, cultural and technological characteristics of individual countries in the various SIDS regions. Accordingly, a ‘Regional Framework for Accelerating Action on Food Security and Nutrition in Pacific SIDS’ (Pacific Framework) is under development and FAO will deliver its contribution to the Pacific Framework through the Inter-Regional Initiative (IRI) on SIDS. The IRI includes a cross-regional component to promote south-south cooperation, partnerships and experience sharing, as well as components designed to address the specificities and requirements of the three SIDS regions. This paper further presents the approach to developing the Pacific components of the GAP and IRI, and outlines initial FAO activities under the IRI up to December 2018. Ministers are invited to provide guidance on preferred priority actions as proposed under the Pacific Framework and the Inter-Regional Initiative as mechanisms through which FAO will deliver its contribution to the implementation of the GAP in the Pacific SIDS region. At the 11 November 2017 Informal Dialogue Meeting between the FAO Director-General and the leaders of the Pacific Islands region, at FAO headquarters, Pacific Leaders called for an expanded partnership between FAO and the Pacific Islands Forum, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries. In this regard, Members are also invited to provide guidance to the Secretariat on how mainstreaming / integrating the GAP into key Pacific regional fora can be accelerated and what priority actions are to be taken by FAO towards enhancing collaboration and partnerships with traditional and new partners for improving food security and nutrition in the Pacific SIDS region.

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