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Announcing the WHO Health Talk on Women Nutrition

8 June 2021 – As a part of the World Health Organization (WHO) Food Systems Dialogues: Health Talks, the Micronutrient Forum (MNF) and the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies (HMHB) Consortium are organizing a session on Women Nutrition: Resilience and Recovery on the Road to 2030 on 8 June 2021 at 5.30-6.30 pm IST, 2-3 pm CET, 8-9 am EDT.

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Food Systems Dialogues- Health Talks

Against the backdrop of the World Health Assembly and the Food System Summit Dialogues, these ‘Health Talks’ aim to highlight the interlinkage of food systems and health and why food systems transformation is necessary to achieve health and well-being for all. The WHO has developed a new narrative that encompasses health, food systems and human rights through five thematic areas or pathways that depict how food systems influence health.

Health Talk- Women Nutrition: Resilience and Recovery on the Road to 2030

Under the theme of ‘Unhealthy Diets and Food Insecurity’, the session on Women Nutrition: Resilience and Recovery on the Road to 2030 aims to discuss evidence-based approaches to improve women’s nutrition and health by increasing synergies between food and health systems.

Women’s roles in families and communities make them key drivers of development. They are caretakers – of children, the ill and the elderly, water, food and shelter, as well as food producers and income earners. Good nutrition is foundational to women’s wellbeing and resilience, made painfully clear by the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, collective efforts have been mainly directed to child nutrition and failed to improve women’s nutrition. In the lead up to the U.N Food Systems Summit and Tokyo’s Nutrition for Growth Summit this year, the session will highlight the urgency for new and SMART commitments across food and health systems to build women’s health and resilience – for women, their families and the broader social and economic development of nations.

The hour-long session will consist of short presentations and a dialogue moderated by Anna Lartey, Professor of Nutrition at the University of Ghana, where session attendees will be invited to ask questions.

We have an impressive line of speakers that include-

  • Framing and Opening – Mrs Aisha Buhari, First Lady of the Republic of Nigeria
  • Empowering female farmers ensure access to healthy food and resilient farming communities – Cherrie Atilano, AGREA, the Philippines.
  • Food and health system interventions to improve women & maternal nutrition and foster resilience – Jess Fanzo, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health & Saskia Osendarp, The Micronutrient Forum
  • The role of female entrepreneurship, access to healthy foods and women’s nutrition –  Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli, AACE Foods and Sahel Capital Partners, Nigeria
  • Collaborations across Food and Health systems to improve nutrition – Michael Ojo, Country Director GAIN, Nigeria
  • Commitments for Women Nutrition in the Year of Action on Nutrition – Jemimah Njuki, Director for Africa, IFPRI

Get to know the speakers here.

To know more about the session, read the Concept Note and the Agenda here.

Read more about the Nutrition for Growth Commitment Guide here.

This event will be Livestreamed on our You Tube channel and the recording will be available for viewing later. Watch here

You can tune into the event in French and Spanish through simultaneous translations.

See the talk featured on the WHO Health Talks page and the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 page.

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Video Recording

The video recording of the event in English is available here.