Policies against hunger Day 2

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The title of this years’ conference “Policies against hunger” has been “Sowing the seeds for nutrition” with the key question on “What food systems do we need?“. It’s been also a hunt for answers what political changes are necessary to ensure that everybody worldwide has the possibility to consume a healthy diet that meets his or her nutrition needs for an active life. I facilitated the international conference in the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.

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The reporters of the working groups Diversification, Processing, Womens Empowerment and Nutrition Education spoke about the work spirit and results from the previous day. Followed by a discussion with an expert panel on “Powering nutrition – bridging sectory: What policies are needed to make food systems sensitive to nutrition?” I spoke with Anna Lartey ( Director of Nutrition and Food Systems Divisions, FAO), Francesco Branca (Director of the Department of Nutrition for HEalth and Development, WHO), Gladys Mugambi (Head Nutrition and Dietetics Unit, Ministry of Health, Kenia and SUN Focal Point Kenia), Stefano Prato (Managing Director of Society for International Development (SID) ) and Lawrence Haddad (Co-Chair Global Nutrition Report).

H.E. Amira Daoud Hassan Gornass, Chairperson of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) concluded the panel and Peter Bleser, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture in Germany spoke the closing address of the conference.

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Questions still in my mind:

How is it possible to link agriculture and health better in future?

Do we have to talk more about nutrition systems instead of food systems?

How is it possible to build a higher resilience of agriculture concerning climate change ?