Increasing health costs put pressure on national economies. Change must be created in food systems to help fight nutrition-related disease. Greg Miller, speaking at the Global Dairy Platform’s 14th Annual Meeting on 24 September, this time executed as an online event, stressed that the dairy industry needs to enter discussion with all shareholders, NGOs included, about dairy’s role in nutrition. GDP has participated in multi-stakeholder consultation about CFS Voluntary Guidelines that is being devloped by FAO. The CFS Voluntary Guidelines are expected to counter the existing policy fragmentation between the food, agriculture and health sectors while also addressing livelihood and sustainability challenges and to contribute to making food systems nutrition-sensitive.
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The UN Food System Summit in 2021 will have significant long-lastig repercussions on the global food chain, dairy included. The CFS Voluntary Guidelines are likely to be decided there. Voluntary Guidelines will have an important role in guiding governments, investors and civil societies on how they should look on food and its contribution to nutrition. Dietary guidelines that will follow from CFS will shape global market place, Miller said.
James Waldvogel, DfA and former US Secretary of Agriculture, spoke about DNA – Dairy Nourishes Africa, a program founded and developed by GDP with others. DNA is basically a long-lasting (15- 20 year) private public partnership concept. Target is to achieve transformation by building a truly sustainable local economy based on the starting point dairy. Focused on East Africa, the initiative will start in Tanzania. The budget for the next 15 years totals $15m.