WFO Edorses the Rome Declaration on Nutrition
Rome, Italy – (20 November 2014) – The World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) endorsed the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and the Framework for Action during the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) today. WFO delivered a statement on behalf of the world’s farmers during ICN2 - a high-level ministerial conference, which proposes a policy framework to address today’s major nutrition challenges and identify priorities for enhanced international cooperation on nutrition.
WFO stated, “when considering public health and the critical importance of nutrition, we cannot fail to recognise the special mandate farmers have vis-à-visthese important aspects. Farmers are the ones who produce high quality food for all of humanity on a daily basis, by sowing the best products in the most sustainable manner.”
“Due to their close relationship with the land, farmers have an inner knowledge of the agricultural products -including crops, fishery, dairy and forestry - their features and their nutrition factors. Farmers, better than anybody else are able to select and produce the best food at the highest quality, in accordance with the seasons, climate, and geographical origin of the products.”
WFO continued, “For these reasons if we really want to improve global public health, then we must invest in farmers. Increasing food production is very important, however, it must be done in conjunction with public health interventions and improved nutrition education for all. In our opinion, it is impossible to find the proper solution without the support and experience of farmers. Farmers - with their experience and knowledge of nutritional factors and healthy diets - can support governments, international organisations, and all stakeholders in the fight against malnutrition.”
“Farmers are keen to support and contribute to this battle at many levels. We are strongly convinced that it is essential for all stakeholders to work together and develop a global food system that improves people's nutrition in a sustainable way,” declared WFO.
Read the full WFO statement made at ICN2.
The Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) is an inclusive inter-governmental meeting on nutrition jointly organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) being held at FAO Headquarters in Rome from 19-21 November 2014. Ministers from 193 countries with 1,500 delegates from across the globe, have joined in Rome for the first time in 22 years to look at ways to tackle malnutrition and adopt the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and the Framework for Action on Nutrition.
The World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) is an international member-based organisation whose mandate is to bring together farmers’ organisations and agricultural cooperatives from all over the world, representing the global community of farmers: small, medium, and large-scale. WFO includes approximately 70 members from about 50 countries in the developed and emerging world.
For further information contact:
World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) | Organizzazione Mondiale degli Agricoltori (OMA)
Via del Tritone, 102
00187 Rome, Italy
Tel: +39 06 4274 1158 |Fax: +39 06 4200 075
Twitter: https://twitter.com/worldfarmersorg | @worldfarmersorg
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