Attendees of the FTA nutrition policy development meetings gather for a photo.
In February and March 2019, A4NH convened CGIAR Partner Consultations in Ethiopia and Bangladesh, respectively. The goal of the sessions was to contribute to CGIAR and partner thinking on food systems research, as part of the CGIAR Research Strategy to 2030, and to build a body of practice and evidence in partnership with interested CGIAR Centers, Research Programs, and partners.
During the sessions, four strategic themes for collaboration were identified:
As a follow-up to the consultation meetings, Inge Brouwer, an Associate Professor in Food and Nutrition Security at Wageningen University & Research and leader of A4NH's Food Systems for Healthier Diets (FSHD) research flagship, attended the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees, and Agroforestry (FTA) events on developing a nutrition policy strategy. These sessions included a stakeholder consultation and a workshop to develop plans and activities for the strategy.
Starting with a presentation on the A4NH FSHD strategies and results from the partner consultations, attendees discussed and worked out further details on how FTA could contribute to the four thematic areas identified during the A4NH process. Planned activities include:
Other activities identified focused on urban agriculture for fruits, nuts, and seeds; nutrient composition of underutilized and wild foods; and plans for joint contributions to international conferences such as the Micronutrient Forum and the 2020 ANH Academy Week.
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