How can dietary guidelines fulfil their potential for agrifood systems transformation?
Nearly 100 countries have developed dietary guidelines as a tool to inform their consumers about healthy dietary patterns and help them achieve better nutrition outcomes. Some countries are now undertaking further activities to enhance the potential of dietary guidelines to guide agrifood systems transformation, such as by actively using dietary guidelines to guide policy and practice in agrifood systems, and incorporating environmental sustainability.
The role of dietary guidelines to influence agrifood systems transformation is recognized but can this potential be achieved? This Dialogue will help shed light on this question by focusing on recent country experiences, potential barriers and how they can be overcome to make the next generation of dietary guidelines a reality. We will also present a new methodology developed by FAO that takes a food systems approach to the development/implementation process of dietary guidelines and considers the various dimensions of sustainability.
Dr Cecilia Gamboa, Coordinator of the Secretariat of the National Food and Nutrition Policy, Ministry of Health of Costa Rica
Dr Mandefro Nigussie, Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency
Dr Fatima Hachem, Senior Nutrition Officer, FAO
Dr Paulina S. Addy, Director, Women in Agricultural Development Directorate, Ministry of Food and Agriculture.
Speaker tbc, World Health Organization
Prof. Inge Brouwer, Division of Human Nutrition and Health, Wageningen University
Dr Ana Islas Ramos, Nutrition Officer, FAO (Panel facilitator)
Moderator: Mr Dominique Burgeon, Director, FAO Liaison Office in Geneva