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The "Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Symposium on sustainable food systems for healthy eating", taking place in San Salvador 5-7 September 2017, offers the opportunity to consider the challenges and opportunities in shaping sustainable food systems that assure everyone the human right to adequate and healthy food. The Symposium will also convene a multisectoral forum to share practical solutions, successful experiences and lessons learned about the process of recreating sustainable, equitable and inclusive systems in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Central themes

The Symposium will focus on efforts to deal with the multiplicity of challenges that malnutrition represents in all its forms, and determine the opportunities to tackle them over the next few decades, via three central themes that provide a regional perspective on sustainable, equitable and inclusive food systems which will serve as a viable platform for promoting a healthy, balanced and diversified eating:

  1. Policies and initiatives that guarantee the availability of diversified and healthy foods: measures to promote the production, transformation, storage, supply, distribution, marketing and commercialization of a diversified and healthy foods in a sustainable and efficient manner;
  2. Policies and initiatives associated with the access to and consumption of a diversified and healthy foods: measures to guarantee affordability and promote the sustainable consumption of a diversified and healthy foods.
  3. Policies and initiatives that improve intersectoral governance for sustainable, equitable and inclusive food systems.

Cross-cutting themes

Under the three central themes, initiatives will receive priority if they focus on:

  1. The centrality of women in the promotion of sustainable food systems and healthy eating;
  2. The contribution of indigenous peoples, African descents and traditional diets for healthy eating;
  3. The need to combat the effects of climate change and other environmental factors affecting food and nutritional security;
  4. Human rights, life cycle and equal attention to groups in vulnerable situation.

Profile of the participants

Governments (agriculture, health, social development, education, environment, research institutes, planning, economics and finance, consumer protection bodies), parliamentarians, academics, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, civil society associations or organizations (cooperatives, consumer organizations), international agencies and organizations, and so on.

National consultations

Report on national consultations (in Spanish)

Expected outcomes

  • Identified the core elements and principles that could define a sustainable, equitable and inclusive food system for healthy eating and bring all forms of malnutrition to an end.
  • Provided recommendations to Governments and other actor of food systems that would enable the design and implementation of strategies, policies and programmes to transform food systems into becoming more sustainable, more equitable, more inclusive and sensitive to nutritional needs.

Methodology and activities

  • Presentations and working group dialogues divided into thematic sessions
  • Plenary sessions in which the ideas considered at the thematic sessions are presented

Symposium report

Access the Symposium Report (in Spanish)

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