The CII FACE, Nourishing Schools Foundation, and Food Future Foundation Holds Dialogue to Inform UN Summit

As the world’s food systems recover from the shock of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Nourishing Schools Foundation, the Confederation of Indian Industry’s Food & Agriculture Centre of Excellence, and the Food Future Foundation hosted an online Food Systems Dialogue today to inform the first-ever UN Food Systems Summit, which will take place in New York in September.

This historic Summit is bringing together people from all around the world to find long-term solutions for the future of food.

The Independent Dialogue brought together 27 distinguished individuals to brainstorm ways to improve the local food system safer, stronger, and more sustainable in terms of providing nutrition to children.

“Promoting the consumption of safe and nutritious foods among children of all age groups is critical for tackling malnutrition in India,” said Archana Sinha, CEO, and Co-Founder of Nourishing Schools Foundation and co-convener of the Dialogue. He went on to say that, “This dialogue gave us the opportunity to engage with various stakeholders on the key issues impacting children’s nutrition, the impact of various interventions and how children can take charge of tackling malnutrition”.

The Coalition Of Partners For Food System Reform In India, a multi-stakeholder forum established in the context of the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 to develop paths and build commitments for action to kick-start food system transformation in India, co-convened this debate.

From the standpoint of providing nourishment to children, the Dialogue brought together 27 people for a vibrant and constructive conversation on how to make India’s food system safer, stronger, and more egalitarian. Vinita Bali, Chairperson of the CII National Committee on Nutrition, presided over the Dialogue.

Many of the discussions’ findings will be incorporated into the India Food System Vision 2030 Report, which the Coalition Of Partners For Food System Transformation In India plans to release in September 2021.

The Dialogue featured speakers from the government, academia, civil society, the commercial sector, and schools, among others. The triple burden of malnutrition in India for children (underweight, overweight, and/or deficient in micronutrients); government, corporate sector, and civil society efforts to address this; and Vision 2030 for addressing this issue were the main themes of discussion.

Participants agreed on a number of strategies to improve the food system’s ability to provide nourishment to children such as adopting a life-cycle approach to nutrition treatments, with a focus on adolescents, pregnant women, and children under the age of two. Including additional health and wellness topics in school curricula to raise awareness and encourage pupils to modify their behavior and Raising awareness, educating, and informing parents and children about better nutrition using mass and digital communication such as online games, social media, and television.

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