Gorta’s Rome Seminar Highlights the Importance of Nutrition in Agriculture

Gortas Rome Seminar Highlights the Importance of Nutrition in Agriculture.

Opening the Gorta seminar, His Excellency Patrick Paul Hennessy, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Ireland to FAO said “Ireland has placed the fight against hunger and undernutrition at the heart of our development assistance programme but undernutrition is one of the most pervasive and yet least addressed problems of global development. This is unacceptable given that we now have the knowledge and the means to entirely prevent it.”

Dr. David Nabarro, Coordinator of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis, who also spoke at the event, added, “Ensuring that growth and development is nutrition- sensitive is one of the most important goals for all of us working for equitable development.”

 

The seminar also focused on the role of smallholder farmers in scaling up nutrition and examined how best to use investment in agriculture to combat mother and child undernutrition; the human dimension to nutrition; the need to rethink food systems in terms of ecological efficiency, management of natural resources and traditional practices versus market demands.

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