Climate Change and Nutrition

The Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), jointly organized by FAO and WHO, was convened at FAO Headquarters in Rome, from 19-21 November 2014. Under the theme “Better Nutrition, Better Lives”, endorsed the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and the Framework for Action.

The Rome Declaration on Nutrition recognized the multiple challenges of malnutrition to inclusive and sustainable development and to health and enshrined the right of everyone to have access to safe, sufficient and nutritious food, and commits governments to preventing malnutrition in all its forms, including hunger, micronutrient deficiencies and obesity.

The Declaration acknowledged that current food systems were being increasingly challenged to provide adequate, safe, diversified and nutrient rich food for all that contributed to healthy diets due to different constraints posed by resource scarcity and environmental degradation, as well as by unsustainable production and consumption patterns.

The declaration provided a common vision for global action to end all forms of malnutrition and reaffirmed that coordinated action among different actors, across all relevant sectors at international, regional, national and community levels, needed to be supported through cross-cutting and coherent policies, programmes and initiatives, including social protection, to address the multiple burdens of malnutrition and to promote sustainable food systems;

The Declaration recognized 1) the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security was fostered through sustainable, equitable, accessible in all cases, and resilient and diverse food systems; 2) food systems, including all components of production, processing and distribution should be sustainable, resilient and efficient in providing more diverse foods in an equitable manner, with due attention to assessing environmental and health impacts;

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IFPRI Seminar: Climate resilience, sustainable food systems and healthy diets: Can we have it all?

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Sustainable Food Systems and Health - The convenient truth of addressing climate change while promoting health

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Nutrition security of urban populations: A call for attention and joint action by UNSCN

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Women farmers adapting to Climate Change. Four examples from three continents of women’s use of local knowledge in climate change adaptation.

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UNSCN Discussion Paper - Schools as a System to Improve Nutrition Given the changing circumstances in the nutrition landscape, there is a need to reassess and reiterate the role of the schools in improving health and nutritional status of children. This discussion…
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