FAO Technical Seminar on Nutrition and Climate Change

FAO is hosting a technical webinar on 5th June 2024 intending to share the most recent evidence on the relationships between climate change and nutrition. The session will provide updates on the latest evidence about the effects of climate change on human health and nutrition outcomes, the various pathways of these impacts, and highlight current evidence and opportunities to drive integrated policy, action and investment for nutrition and climate. This seminar intends to stimulate conversation ahead of the Roundtable for Climate – Nutrition to be held at FAO headquarters in September, 2024.

Please visit here to register.

Join the World Food Forum 2024: “Good food for all, for today and tomorrow”

In a world where food is essential for all, yet millions still go hungry and our planet faces escalating environmental challenges, the World Food Forum (WFF) is thrilled to launch its 2024 cycle under the theme: “Good food for all, for today and tomorrow”. The urgency is clear: over 738.9 million people faced hunger in 2022, and we are off track to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2, Zero Hunger, by 2030. 

At the same time, our agrifood systems are responsible for significant environmental degradation, including greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation and biodiversity loss. These challenges require innovative solutions, increased investments and inclusive partnerships. Our theme embodies the vision of ensuring everyone has access to healthy, sustainable food while safeguarding the planet’s future.

What is “Good food”?
Healthy diets: Sustainable production of livestock, fisheries and crops.
Biodiversity: Nurturing and preserving biodiversity.
Resource management: Responsible stewardship of forests, wetlands, soil and water.
Reducing waste: Curbing food loss and waste.
Clean energy: Scaling up clean energy initiatives.
Inclusive policies: Embracing evidence-based, inclusive policies and data-driven progress.

Save the date: WFF flagship event 14 – 18 October, 2024
This flagship event is a dynamic global platform that transcends boundaries, generations and sectors to transform the future of our agrifood systems. Join the World Food Forum at FAO Headquarters in Rome for our flagship event, where we will gather to discuss and strategize towards a hunger-free, sustainable future.

Together, we can ensure “Good food for all, for today and tomorrow.”.

Interested in knowing more? Visit here for the latest news.

Call for Submission: How can FAO better support countries in addressing governance of agrifood systems transformation to make them more sustainable, inclusive and resilient?

Agrifood systems can play an important role in rescuing and accelerating progress towards the SDGs; sustainable and resilient agrifood systems have enormous potential to positively influence the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. For some years now, there has been a growing recognition of the urgent need to transform agrifood systems to make them more sustainable, resilient, inclusive, and equitable.

Organized jointly by the Governance and Policy Support Unit, the Agrifood Systems and Food Safety Division, the Development Law Service, and the Office of SDGs of FAO, you are invited to share examples of governance-related measures and interventions with transformative impact for agrifood systems.  

The Co-conveners – Ms Corinna Hawkes, Ms Donata Rugarabamu and Mr Stefanos Fotiou – invite stakeholders to provide inputs related to the following kind of measures/interventions:

  • Institutional mechanisms/governance arrangements for systems-oriented ways of working;
  • Measures to align policies and laws with the transformative goals; 
  • Budgeting and financing for cross-sectoral work in agrifood systems;
  • Measures to rebalance asymmetries in power and decision-making in the agrifood system, including through gender-responsive and gender-transformative approaches;
  • Measures to redress inequities and inequalities in the agrifood systems;
  • Concrete means and evidence of how the impact of these measures has been measured.

The results will contribute to informing FAO’s work with governments and other stakeholders related to policy, law, and governance for more inclusive, resilient, and sustainable agrifood systems.

The template for submissions and more information can be found here.

The Call for Submissions is open until 1 April 2024.

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON DIETARY PROTEIN FOR HUMAN HEALTH

International Symposium on Dietary Protein for Human Health to Convene in Utrecht, The Netherlands

Utrecht, The Netherlands – Registration and Abstract Submission Now Open for the Symposium Scheduled for 14 – 16 September 2023

Scientists, researchers, and experts in the field of nutrition are invited to attend the highly anticipated International Symposium: Dietary Protein for Human Health in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Co-organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), two prominent universities, and in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the three-day event aims to shed light on the vital role of protein in human nutrition, health, and overall well-being.

The Symposium will encompass a diverse range of topics, including protein nutrition and its implications for health, amino acid requirements, digestibility, and availability. Distinguished researchers from around the world will deliver presentations and engage in discussions on dietary protein quality, assessing its influence on growth, development, and whole-body protein metabolism. Additionally, the event will explore the future sustainability of protein sources and their impact on global food security.

Building upon the success of the previous summit held in Auckland, New Zealand in 2011, this Symposium promises to be a landmark event, attracting international leaders in protein nutrition and related fields. It will serve as an authoritative platform, providing an update on the latest scientific advancements that hold critical importance for human welfare and sustainable food practices.

Prospective attendees are encouraged to register for the Symposium and submit their abstracts to share their groundbreaking research and insights with the global scientific community. The event offers a unique opportunity for networking, collaboration, and gaining knowledge from leading experts in the field.

Don’t miss this chance to contribute to the advancement of dietary protein research and its impact on human health and food security. Secure your place at the International Symposium: Dietary Protein for Human Health and join the quest for a healthier and sustainable future

For registration and abstract submission, please visit the official Symposium website.

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UN Nutrition Virtual Event 26 April 2023: Pursuing wins-wins for nutrition and the environment through a food systems approach

Side event – 4th Global Conference of One Planet network’s Sustainable Food Systems Programme

– INVITATION –

Date: Wednesday, 26 April 2023

Time: 6:00 p.m. ‒ 7:45 p.m. (GMT+7)

Registration link: https://bit.ly/40yijzq

Event co-organizers:

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica,
the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture, UN-Nutrition,
the United Nations Environment Programme, ICLEI, Rikolto and
RUAF-Hivos

Join us for the launch of a new discussion paper that unpacks the crucial interlinkages between nutrition and the environment. Developed under the umbrella of UN-Nutrition, thanks to the United Nations Environment Programme and other Member Agencies, the paper also explores strategies and methodologies that policymakers and other stakeholders can draw on to foster collaborative, evidence-based governance to achieve mutually reinforcing goals.

This side event will be also an opportunity to hear from different cities and regions around the world about the actions they are taking and how they are yielding co-benefits for nutrition and the environment. With a mix of speakers from government, the United Nations and civil society (provisional agenda below), the event will incite a dynamic discussion about the way forward.

Provisional agenda


6:00‒6:03 PM Welcome and opening remarks
Roberto Azofeifa, Chief of the Agro-environmental Production Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Costa Rica

6:03‒6:08 PM Objectives and agenda
Stineke Oenema, Executive Secretary of UN-Nutrition

6:08‒6:20 PM Setting the scene: Key messages of the paper
Steven Stone, Deputy Director of the Economy Division, UNEP

6:08‒6:20 PM Linking nutrition and the environment for people and the planet
Tom Arnold, Special Envoy for Food Systems, Ireland

6:25‒7:00 PM Panel: Local experiences on nutrition-environment interlinkages

  • Alwin Kopse (TBC), Head of International Affairs and Food Systems, Federal Office for Agriculture and National UNFSS Convener, The Swiss Confederation
  • Igor Barcellos, Food and Nutrition Security Coordinator of the Municipal Secretariat of Social Assistance, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Rose Achieng, Agri-Nutrition Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, Kisumu County, Kenya
  • Nyoman Suma Artha, Director, Pasar Rakyat, Bali, Indonesia
  • Runyararo Esther Chibota, Hivos Regional Coordinator Urban Futures Programme, Hivos Hub SAf, Zimbabwe

7:00‒7:30 PM Q&A

Moderated by Stineke Oenema, UN-Nutrition Executive Secretary, with the audience and speakers

7:30‒7:40 PM Wrap-up
Nancy Aburto, Deputy Director of the Food and Nutrition Division, FAO
Representative of the Coalition of Action on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems for Children and All

7:40 ‒7:45 PM Closing remarks
Stineke Oenema, UN-Nutrition Executive Secretary

Additional information about this event and other virtual side events taking place between 24 April and 26 April is available here.

We hope that you will join us and encourage you to share this invitation with others in your network.

With warm regards,
The UN-Nutrition Secretariat

The GIAHS 20th Anniversary

Join the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) programme´s 20th anniversary.

If you are a member of:

  • Farming communities, associations and local organizations operating in the GIAHS/potential GIAHS area;
  • Representatives from research institutions and academia that are actively working in an agricultural heritage area;
  • Local, regional and national governments;

Advocate for your GIAHS site by contributing to FAO´s initiative.

GIAHS “…sites are resilient systems characterized by remarkable agrobiodiversity, traditional knowledge, invaluable cultures and landscapes, sustainably managed by farmers, herders, fisherfolk, and forest people in ways that contribute to their livelihoods and food security.” (FAO, 2022). https://www.fao.org/giahs/en/

For more information on how to contribute please visit FAO´s website. https://www.fao.org/giahs/news/detail-events/en/c/1513856/

June 7: World Food Safety Day

Safer Food, Better Health

Foodborne diseases affect 1 in 10 people worldwide each year. There are over 200 of these diseases – some mild, but others deadly. 

The United Nations General Assembly established World Food Safety Day in 2018 to raise awareness of this important issue. WHO and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) jointly facilitate the observance of World Food Safety Day, in collaboration with Member States and other stakeholders.

This year’s theme, “Safer food, better health”, highlights the role that safe, nutritional food plays in ensuring human health and well-being and calls for a set of specific actions to make food safer.

We all have a role to play; whether we grow, process, transport, store, sell, buy, prepare or serve food, food safety is in all our hands. And if we work together, we can all help achieve safer food for better health.

Visit https://www.who.int/news-room/events for more information on the events and how you can get involved.

Deadline extension and update – Consultation for the development of the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Gender Equality and Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition

The deadline has been extended for the Consultation for the development of the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Gender Equality and Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition until 30 November 2021.

TO PARTICIPATE – send your contribution to FSN-moderator@fao.org or post it on www.fao.org/fsnforum

The introduction to the online consultation is available in English, Español, Français, Русский, 中文 or  العربية on the www.fao.org/fsnforum website. Comments are welcome in any of these six languages.

The consultation has already received many valuable comments that you can read in full on the consultation page, where participants are posting very concrete feedback on how the Guidelines could be strengthened.

FAO Consultation: Guidelines on Gender Equality and Women’s and Girls Empowerment in the context of Food Security and Nutrition”

FAO would like to renew their invitation to the online “Consultation for the development of the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Gender Equality and Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition“.

This activity is facilitated by Françoise Trine, Marina Calvino and Alyson Brody from the Secretariat of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), who invite you to provide your feedback on the Zero Draft of the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Gender Equality and Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition.

TO PARTICIPATE – send your contribution to fsn-moderator@fao.org or post it on www.fao.org/fsnforum

Update on the Europe and Central Asia CFS Gender Regional Consultation

The CFS Gender Regional Consultation for Europe and Central Asia took place on 27-28 September. This was the second one of the series of six consultations planned to take place in September-November 2021. This Consultation was also very well attended by around 90 participants and more following the webcast. The plenary discussions saw the contributions of all CFS constituent groups: representatives from governments, UN System, civil society, research institutions, private sector and others, sharing precious information on challenges and potential solutions to align the future CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Gender Equality and Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition with national and regional priorities and needs.

Ms Tanja Grén (Finland) and Mr Tomas Duncan Jurado (Panama), Co-Chairs appointed by the CFS Bureau to facilitate the policy convergence process, presented the Zero Draft of the Guidelines, the main background document for the consultation.

The plenary discussion was inspired by three keynote speakers: H.E. Ms Narbaeva Tanzila Kamalovna [1], Chairperson of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Ms Carin Jämtin, Director General, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), and Mr Raimund Jehle, FAO Regional Programme Leader, FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia. They underlined the importance of the CFS future Guidelines and their support to their implementation once agreed by CFS in October 2022.

There was general consensus by participants that the Zero Draft is comprehensive and clear, but many of them identified some additional key challenges and gaps as, among others, the importance of taking a systemic, holistic approach to gender equality and food security – moving away from the siloization of issues – and several calls to be ambitious and aim high in the aspirations of the Guidelines. For example, participants highlighted the need for more reference to gender-responsive budgeting as a policy strategy and for more language on justice in the Guidelines, and for the active engagement of boys and men in gender transformative food security and nutrition interventions, in order to raise awareness and promote changes in behavior. The need to integrate a social norms’ focus in all policy areas was also raised.

On the second day, the plenary discussion dedicated to Part 3 of the Zero Draft started with themes/sections 3.2, 3.3. and 3.5, and then moved to other sections of interest.

On section 3.2, “Elimination of violence and discrimination against women for improved food security and nutrition”, issues and gaps raised by participants included prevention, intersectionality and violence based on sexual orientation. In fact, many participants stressed that the Guidelines need more of an intersectional approach that reflects and embraces diversity, including indigenous and rural women, age, ethnicity, race and disability; and more recognition of gender-based violence in all its forms.

Technical and vocational education and access to financial services were at the center of the discussion on section 3.3: “Access to education, capacity building, training, knowledge and information services”. Some interesting examples to inspire policy areas were presented from Uzbekistan, Belarus and North Macedonia.

With regards to section 3.5, “Access to and control over natural and productive resources”, the main issues raised were around property and land rights, resilience and intersectionality.

The discussions are documented in the Co-Chairs’ Summary available on the dedicated webpage in English, and in Russian in the forthcoming days.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank those who have already contributed to the online consultation, providing us with their insightful feedback. We look forward to receiving further input, which will be crucial in the process of developing the Guidelines.

Françoise Trine, Marina Calvino and Alyson Brody
CFS Secretariat


[1] The keynote address was delivered by Ms Malika Kadyrkhanova, Head of the Commission on Gender Equality of the Republic  of Uzbekistan.