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Closing Session of ICN2

Nico van Belzen (l), Marie Konate (m), David Crean (r) address the closing session of ICN2

Nico van Belzen (l), Marie Konate (m), David Crean (r) address the closing session of ICN2

The private sector was pleased to have the opportunity to address the closing session of ICN2. At the first such conference in 22 years, the speakers conveyed the message that nutrition cannot wait another 22 years for new activity. Emphasizing the role of multi-stakeholder engagement in kickstarting new programs to address nutritional challenges, they spoke to the need to take specific actions to tackle challenges like food safety, nutritional education and targeted interventions to address stunting.

Speakers on behalf of the private sector:

  • Marie Konate, CEO, Protein Kissée Là, Cote d’Ivoire
  • David Crean, Vice President Corporate R&D, Mars, USA
  • Nico van Belzen, Director General, International Dairy Federation, Belgium

More than 90 businesses and private sector entities participating in Rome at ICN2. While the delegation represented a broad cross section interests, it was united in the belief that nutritional interventions must be prioritised, particularly geared to addressing the needs of women, children, and the most vulnerable. This requires progressive programming – geared to challenges like stunting – and a willingness to work together. Innovation, research, education and trade are essential to improving access to quality foods. All of which is underpinned by the essential role of agriculturalists to produce the food we eat.

On behalf of the private sector mechanism, Robynne Anderson, secretariat to the International AgriFood Network, thanked FAO, and WHO for the opportunity to have non-state actors participate, including civil society and private sector. “The Private Sector is pleased to have been part of this process, which will reinvigorate efforts to address nutrition,” noted Anderson. “Collaboration between government, the private sector and civil society is essential to affecting real and lasting change for hungry and malnourished people.”

The IAFN collaborated with the SUN Business Network and the international livestock sector for the event. A press release from the International Dairy Federation (IDF) can be read here (PDF 440KB).

International Conference on Nutrition 2

Multi-stakeholder approaches are widely recognised to be necessary to increase the scope of financial and human resources in order to tackle nutritional challenges. With this in mind, we are pleased to announce a diverse delegation of 90 private sector representatives will be in attendance at ICN2 in Rome next week. Our delegates will be coming from over 24 countries and all parts of the agri-food value chain, including many senior leaders of global organisations.

Highlights of the week’s activities include a pre-conference meeting on November 18th with the Director General of FAO, Dr. Jose Graziano da Silva and the Assistant Director General of WHO, Dr. Oleg Chestnov to discuss future plans with members of the private sector delegation. As ICN2, kicks off, there will be bilaterals with a broad array of countries and private sector speakers at a number of side events:

  • Nov. 19th at 13:00 – the Scaling Up Nutrition movement will be holding a side event on accountability for nutrition.
  • Nov. 19th at 13:00 – a side event on food safety includes a spokesperson from Mars addressing aflatoxins.
  • Nov. 20th at 13:00 – a side event on accelerating process to end malnutrition: action, results and accountability has a discussant from Elanco
  • Nov. 20th at 18:30 – a side event on addressing overweight and obesity will be addressed by a spokesperson from Friesland Campina

The private sector delegation is being co-organised by a steering committee of the Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network (SBN), the livestock sector lead by the International Dairy Federation, and the Private Sector Mechanism of the UN Committee on Food Security (PSM) co-ordinated by the International Agri-Food Network.

Private Sector Activities at the 41st Session of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security

The private sector was well represented at the 2014 Plenary session of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome. The CFS is a unique body established by the United Nations in order to serve as a forum for member countries and non-state actors to develop and review food security policies. The Private Sector Mechanism, responsible for coordinating the involvement of agri-businesses, assembled a delegation of almost 90 business leaders from 30 different countries, representing a myriad of different perspectives from all stages of the agri-food value chain. Relationships with United Nations stakeholders were fostered and strengthened through a dozen bilateral meetings, conducted in three different UN languages. Private sector actors collectively hosted 4 very well-attended side events, reports from which can be read here.

The Private Sector Mechanism was also able to make its voice heard through multiple interventions on the Plenary floor on a wide range of relevant topics. Several delegates were able to participate as panelists. Important documents on fisheries, and food waste and losses were endorsed by member countries, as were the Committee on World Food Security’s principles on Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI). All of these documents can be found in the final CFS report available here.

FAO Director-General: Private Sector Plays a Crucial Role in Fostering Responsible Investments

Graziano da Silva addresses private sector representatives attending the CFS

Graziano da Silva addresses private sector representatives attending the CFS

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, urged private sector representatives to contribute to the creation of conditions that ensure responsible investments in food production and agriculture.

“Investment is a private decision. It’s your decision. You are the only ones responsible for investments, which however need an enabling environment,” the FAO Director-General said speaking to members of the Private Sector Mechanism partnership attending the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome.


Remarks by Hakan Bahceci, Chairman of
International Agri-Food Network

Private Sector meets with the Director General of FAO

Private Sector meets with the Director General of FAO

Dr. Director General,

Thank you for taking the time to meet with us today. We truly welcome this opportunity and hope this is the continuation of a fine tradition.

This year our delegation to CFS is broader than ever. We have 90 delegates attending from 30 countries. Our teams come from different parts of the food chain, from farmers to traders and manufacturers.

We believe our delegation’s strength and diversity reflects the positive evolution of our relationship to CFS and to FAO. For example, we deeply appreciate the opening of an office space for the PSM secretariat here.


Key Meetings

Open Ended Working Group: Agenda for Action for Addressing Food Insecurity in Protracted Crises
January 30 2015 | Rome, Italy

Annual meetings: International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) & the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM)
May 12-13 2015 | Rome, Italy
Open Ended Working Group: Agenda for Action for Addressing Food Insecurity in Protracted Crises
May 18-22 2015 | Rome, Italy
FAO Conference
June 6-12 2015 | Rome, Italy
CFS42: Plenary of the UN Committee on World Food Security
October 12-17 2015 | Rome, Italy

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