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Friday, 08 May 2015

Next Brussels Briefing – Improving nutrition through accountability, ownership and partnerships

The next Brussels Development Briefing n.41 on the subject of “Improving nutrition through accountability, ownership and partnerships” will be held in Brussels on 20th May 2015 at 09.00-13.00 (followed by lunch from 13.00) at the ACP Secretariat (451 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 Bruxelles, Room C). Key speakers include the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, the European Commission, succesfull African cases, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and more to be confirmed shortly. Online registration required : http://brusselsbriefings.net/

Nutrition is one of the essential pillars of human development, but global progress has been slow: even as undernourishment decreases, new issues such as micronutrient deficiencies, obesity and chronic diseases are on the rise and prevalent in countries undergoing economic and nutrient transitions. Furthermore, there is need for investments in national level data in order to prevent and improve nutrition outcomes, which is a significant cause of poverty and brake on socio-economic development, especially in ACP countries.

The responsibility of addressing malnutrition does not rest solely with governments, but requires a multidimensional approach : effective action and alliances across a number of sectors and areas (food, health, social welfare, education, water, sanitation, and women) and across a number of actors (government, civil society, business, research, and international development partners). It also requires harnessing the central role agriculture can play through its contribution to improved food availability and quality, increasing incomes, supporting livelihoods and contributing to the overall economy, in order to improve food and nutrition security.

The audience of 150 key stakeholders includes ACP-EU policy makers, regional organizations, representatives of EU Member States, European Commission services, Members of the European Parliament, private sector, civil society groups, European research and development practitioners and international organizations.

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