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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

UNFSS 2021 Pre-Summit Affiliated Session - NUTRITION: Multistakeholder approach to transforming food systems and achieving global nutrition goals.

27 July 2021. UNFSS 2021 Pre-Summit Affiliated Session - Multistakeholder approach to transforming food systems and achieving global nutrition goals.

This event brought SUN countries and stakeholders together to explore the challenges and opportunities of a multistakeholder approach to transforming food systems and achieving global nutrition goals. 
  • Ms. Gerda Verburg, SUN Coordinator, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General (Moderator) 
  • Mr. Iean Russel, FAO-EU FIRST Senior Policy Officer, Cambodia 
  • Mr. Hou Kroeun, Deputy Country Director at Helen Keller International and Coordinator of the SUN Civil Society Alliance, Cambodia 
  • Mr. Sok Chea Hak, SUN Business Network Coordinator, Cambodia 
  • Ms. Inmaculada del Pino Alvarez, Food Security Program Lead at the International Development Law Organization and member of the Governance Action Area 
  • Ms. Ana Yanira Calderón, Directora Ejecutiva, Consejo Nacional de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional (SUN Focal Point), CONASAN, El Salvador 
  • Dr. Shams, Coordinator of the coordination unit for the Afghanistan food security and nutrition agenda (SUN Focal Point) 
  • Mike Khunga, SUN Youth Leader for nutrition and co-chair of AT5 on resilience, Malawi 
  • Ms. Carla Montesi, Director of “Green Deal and Digital Agenda”, European Commission

27 July 2021. Access to nutrition through the workplace: leveraging the private sector

Co-founded by the CGF and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the Workforce Nutrition Alliance supported the organisation of a UNFSS Pre-Summit Affiliated Session under the theme “Access to nutrition through the workplace: leveraging the private sector”. The event, hosted by the Government of Bangladesh Ministry of Labour and Employment and GAIN, brought together leaders from government, civil society, the private sector and non-governmental organisations, to explore the key role of workforce nutrition programmes in addressing global malnutrition. Find out more about the Workforce Nutrition Alliance:

26 July 2021. Towards a Zero Hunger, Nourish the Future Pledge For the Private Sector

The Zero Hunger, Nourish the Future Pledge is an opportunity for companies, investment funds, and philanthropies to align USD 5 billion of their resources with new evidence and complement their pledges with new commitments being made by global institutions and governments to end hunger and nourish the future by 2030.
  • Peter Bakker, President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • Dr. Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, GAIN & Chair, Action Track 1, UN FSS
  • Ute Klamert, Assistant Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP)
  • Ibrahim Gourouza, Grow Africa & AUDA-NEPAD
  • Sanne Helderman, Lead research, World Benchmarking Alliance
  • Takaaki Nishii, CEO, Ajinomoto
  • Caroline Keeling, CEO, Keelings
  • Hanneke Faber, President, Food & Refreshments, Unilever
  • Julia Friederike Harnal, Vice President Sustainability & Governmental Affairs Agricultural Solutions, BASF

26 July 2021. UN FSS Pre-Summit Parallel Session. Tackling Undernutrition Through Action and Accountability: 

A ‘reset’ for the prevention, early detection and treatment of wasting and costing information on the consequences of stunting.” Emergency Nutrition Network, the Power of Nutrition (PoN), Standing Together for Nutrition (ST4N) and the Micronutrient Forum (MNF). The webinar included a brief overview of the wasting reset, followed by a panel discussion. 
  • Moderator: Dr Patrick Webb – Professor, Tufts University 
  • Minister Colm Brophy – Ireland’s Minister of State for Overseas Development and Diaspora 
  • Aminata Shamit Koroma – Nutrition Director, Sierra Leone 
  • Shawn Baker – Chief Nutritionist, USAID 
  • Simon Bishop – Chief Executive, the Power of Nutrition 
  • Cecilia Fabrizio – Programme Lead, Standing Together for Nutrition

26 July 2021. UNFSS Pre-Summit Webinar: Economic Empowerment of Women to Combat Malnutrition

This webinar was hosted by IFDC (, Malnutrition Matters ( and 2SCALE (

To alleviate malnutrition in a sustainable manner and to progress toward gender equity, local, nutritious food-centered micro-enterprise is pivotal. IFDC and Malnutrition Matters empower rural or village-based women and youth to use the low-cost SoyaKit to make affordable protein-rich soyfoods for their neighborhoods, while making a daily $4 profit. Increased income generation is foundational for gender equity. This micro-enterprise requires 2 days’ training in food-processing and business, is environmentally friendly (soyfoods require 10x less energy than animal protein), produces many tasty foods, is quickly profitable, and is a strong catalyst for gender equity initiatives with a policy/cultural/educational focus. 
  • Hart Jansson, President of Malnutrition Matters, 
  • Caroline Sage, Business Development Associate at IFDC

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