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3rd Regional Multi-Stakeholder Workshop on Food Security and Nutrition

4-6 November 2013, Tunis, Tunisia








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    حلقة عمل إقليمية لأصحاب الشأن المتعددين في الأمن الغذائي في الشرق الأدنى 3-4 أكتوبر 2011، القاهرة، مصر مصرالمكتب الإقليمي للشرق الأدنى لمنظمة الأغذية والزراعة للأمم المتحدة (الفاو) 2011
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    The workshop brought together 86 participants from 13 Member Countries (Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon,Morocco, occupied Palestinian territories, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen), as well as UN agencies including WFP and IFAD as part of the joint CFS Secretariat, NGOs, farmers associations, private sector, civil society, donors and other funding institutions and regional organizations.The Near East is one of the driest regions in the world and many of its countries suf fer from water shortages and deteriorating land quality which both impact food production. Traditional agriculture is dominant and extreme climatic events critically undermine efforts for its sustainable development. A high population growth rate has increased both rural and urban unemployment which, coupled with widespread poverty, exacerbates the food insecurity situation and undernourishment. In many countries agricultural development and food security have also been threatened by civil strif e and social tensions that are part of socio-political transition.The Near East Regional Multi-stakeholder Workshop on Food Security and Nutrition was organized in response to the recommendation of the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC) at its 30th Session in Khartoum, Sudan, December 2010. The FAO Regional Office for the Near East (FAO/RNE) and The Committee on World Food Security (CFS), in collaboration with other relevant UN agencies, were recommended to jointly convene a worksh op prior to the 37th Session of CFS (17th – 22nd October 2011) in order to strengthen linkages and to reach common consensus on regional food security issues.Topics discussed at Policy Roundtables included volatile food prices, investment in small-holder agriculture and gender, food security and nutrition. These three topics mirrored the Policy Roundtables at the 37th Session of CFS and are very important in the region. A further Policy Roundtable was held on the effect of the current sociopolit ical transition in some countries on food security and nutrition.
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    FAO/ WHO Multi-stakeholder Policy Workshop: Leveraging food systems to combat obesity in the Near East and North Africa region. Draft report
    23-24 September 2019, Cairo, Egypt
    2020
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    A food systems approach is acknowledged to be key to efforts to combat obesity and eliminate other forms of malnutrition in the countries of FAO’s Near East and North Africa Region (NENA) and WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region. A two-day regional multi-stakeholder consultation workshop, entitled Leveraging Food Systems to Combat Obesity in the Near East and North Africa Region, held in Cairo on 23-24 September 2019, brought together a range of stakeholders to discuss food systems for healthy and sustainable diets. The workshop identified a series of conclusions and recommendations, with a strong emphasis on the need for multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder approaches. It is also clear that close cooperation and networking between Member States is important, in collaboration with FAO, WHO and UNICEF and other international partner organizations. Robust policy responses, many of which have already been agreed internationally, are needed to transform food systems, create healthy food environments and ensure access to healthy, sustainable diets for all. The UN Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016 - 2025 presents a key opportunity to focus political attention on these efforts. Key challenges that were identified include a lack of leadership and of coordination, undue influence of vested interests, difficulties in convincing other sectors and actors of their relevance and/or role, a lack of infrastructure and investment, as well as addressing long-term health challenges in a crisis context. Support needs expressed included support to develop clear argumentation on the social and economic case for action and technical support from FAO/WHO to help countries
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    أيام الأراضي والمياة 2019 - الشرق الأدنى وشمال افريقيا
    الابتكار من أجل الأمن الغذائي والمائي في منطقة الشرق الأدنى وشمال افريقيا
    2019
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    Five years have passed since the first Near East and North Africa (NENA) Land and Water Days in Amman, Jordan, 15-18 December 2013. At this event, FAO and its partners established the Water Scarcity Regional Initiative along with its Regional Collaborative Strategy and Partnership. The initiative was endorsed by the ministers of agriculture at the 32nd session of FAO regional conference for the Near East in February 2014 in Rome and by the Arab Ministerial Water Council of the League of Arab States in May 2015. Positive developments include the prioritization of sustainable water management; dialogue around water issues and policies; innovative investments; and implementation of many new projects throughout the region. The adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) created a comprehensive framework for countries, donors and international organizations to prioritize water management and sustainable food security in the region. At the same time, many challenges facing the NENA region have intensified. Conflicts and protracted crises, and their spillover, are taking a heavy toll on people’s lives; on food security and nutrition; on water and agriculture infrastructure; all of which are delaying or slowing the implementation of development strategies and plans. Climate change and droughts are dramatically impacting rural populations, further compounding the impacts of conflicts and leading to migration and refugee movements. In this context the NENA Land and Water Days are being convened in Cairo during 31 March - 4 April 2019, to review the progress made in addressing water scarcity in the region, foster exchange of knowledge and experience among countries and partners, and chart the way forward; taking into account lessons, new challenges and opportunities for sustainable development. The event will focus on the NENA region but will link to the global experiences through the participation of countries and experts from other regions (Asia, Africa and Latin America) for insights and knowledge sharing.

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