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Update of the Strategy and Vision for FAO’s Work in Nutrition. Thirty-fifth Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC 35)

















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    Evaluation of the Strategy and Vision for FAO’s Work in Nutrition - ANNEX 1
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    2019
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    This evaluation appraises progress achieved on the implementation of the Strategy and Vision for FAO’s Work on Nutrition since it was adopted in 2012. FAO’s nutrition-sensitive work has grown significantly since the Strategy was promulgated, and has evolved towards more deliberate efforts to address all forms of malnutrition. There also has been a surge in the development of knowledge products. However, the Strategy lacked an accountability framework and paid insufficient attention to operational issues, and therefore the extent to which the above developments can be attributed to the Strategy remains unclear. Nutrition is a domain that has traditionally been dominated by health concerns, but considerable attention is now being paid to so-called “food-based approaches”, i.e. approaches that focus on reforming food production, supply and consumption to prevent malnutrition. FAO has the mandate, a long experience in relevant technical sectors, the right tools and indicators, and the global, regional and national reach required to lead the development of food-based approaches to nutrition. However, in spite of the Strategy, FAO has found it difficult to define clear priorities for engagement in this space, thus inviting puzzlement, frustration and also competition from other stakeholders. The evaluation makes seven broad recommendations, oriented towards giving a new thrust to FAO’s work in nutrition, first through the elaboration of a new strategy taking stock of the main policy and strategic changes that occurred during the evaluation period, and communicating clearly FAO’s role and ‘niche’ in support of nutrition-sensitive food systems.
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    Evaluation of the Strategy and Vision for FAO’s Work in Nutrition 2019
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    This evaluation appraises progress achieved on the implementation of the Strategy and Vision for FAO’s Work on Nutrition since it was adopted in 2012. FAO’s nutrition-sensitive work has grown significantly since the Strategy was promulgated, and has evolved towards more deliberate efforts to address all forms of malnutrition. There also has been a surge in the development of knowledge products. However, the Strategy lacked an accountability framework and paid insufficient attention to operational issues, and therefore the extent to which the above developments can be attributed to the Strategy remains unclear. Nutrition is a domain that has traditionally been dominated by health concerns, but considerable attention is now being paid to so-called “food-based approaches”, i.e. approaches that focus on reforming food production, supply and consumption to prevent malnutrition. FAO has the mandate, a long experience in relevant technical sectors, the right tools and indicators, and the global, regional and national reach required to lead the development of food-based approaches to nutrition. However, in spite of the Strategy, FAO has found it difficult to define clear priorities for engagement in this space, thus inviting puzzlement, frustration and also competition from other stakeholders. The evaluation makes seven broad recommendations, oriented towards giving a new thrust to FAO’s work in nutrition, first through the elaboration of a new strategy taking stock of the main policy and strategic changes that occurred during the evaluation period, and communicating clearly FAO’s role and ‘niche’ in support of nutrition-sensitive food systems.
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    Asia and the Pacific Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition – Accelerating Nutrition
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    2018
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    The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), World Food Programme (WFP), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and South Asia Food and Nutrition Security Initiative (SAFANSI) of the World Bank (WB) jointly organized the “Asia Pacific Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition – Accelerating Nutrition”, held in Bangkok, Thailand on 10–11 November 2017. The symposium focused on exploring policies and programmatic options for shaping food systems in ways that deliver healthy foods for a healthy and sustainable diet, with an emphasis on concrete country experiences and challenges. The meeting was organized with the following objectives: 1) enhance agriculture and food systems’ visibility, create policy and programme options, promote sustainable diets and build partnerships through taking stock of evidence on transformational change in food systems toward sustainability, and their link to positive health and nutrition outcomes; 2) develop and strengthen information platforms on nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food systems for countries in the region so that countries can share that knowledge among consumers, producers and other stakeholders; 3) identify and promote major interventions for good nutrition governance and effective local level implementation; and 4) create synergies between regional policy actions and regional networks, including the Sustainable Development Goals, ICN2 Framework for Action, Decade of Action on Nutrition, and national multisector action plans and non-communicable diseases work plans. The sessions highlighted the following subthemes: a) supply side policies and measures for increasing access to healthy diets; b) demand side policies and measures for increasing access and empowering consumers to choose healthy diets; and c) measures to strengthen accountability, resilience, and equity within the food system. The symposium clearly highlighted that action on nutrition in Asia and the Pacific is far from complete.

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