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Food, Nutrition, and Public Policies

Published in July 2001

Starting from the finding that despite the different international initiatives, more than half of the world's population is still affected by some form of malnutrition, this Proposal Paper places nutritional well-being at the center of the debate in terms of Human Rights.

Today, more than half of the world's population is affected by some form or another of malnutrition, disease, nutritional deficiency and/or excess (obesity), and this situation is far from improving despite international programs. Indeed, nutrition problems are not limited to questions of quantities of calories nor to a biomedical approach. The modernization of the societies of the South, for example, have entailed a modification in their traditional food regimes, with ominous consequences from the nutrition point of view. Another approach is therefore necessary, more global and more complex in its applications; the first consists in placing nutritional well-being at the center of lifestyles, production, and consumption, and thus to reconsider the appropriate theoretical foundations of many policies and interventions.

It implies in particular a movement, which has already begun in the past few years, to consider nutrition questions in terms of Human Rights, but also the emergence of a new paradigm for world agriculture. Hence a set of proposals organized around three main lines:

* an efficient framing of nutritional policies;
* a commitment on the part of the agriculture and agribusiness sectors regarding the production of quality food;
* social mobilization around nutritional quality.


Coordinated by ...

- Bernard Maire

Institute of Research for Development (IRD) - France

Site - http://www.ird.fr/


- Francis Delpeuch
Site - Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD)


- Geneviève Le Bihan

Nutritionniste, Attachée au Comité Régional d’Education pour la
Santé. Chercheur à l’Institut agronomique méditerranéen (IAM), chef de projet pour le « Baromètre nutrition santé » Languedoc Roussillon.

Site - Institut agronomique méditerranéen de Montpellier


Topics Included

agriculture . consumption . agricultural policy . law . politics . world

Workgroup Papers

Go ! Sustainable Forest Management
Go ! Agriculture and Sustainable Development
Go ! An Energy-efficiency Strategy for the Twenty-first Century
Go ! Civil society and GMOs: What Strategies Should be Applied Internationally?
Go ! Environmental Education
Go ! Food Sovereignty and International Trade Negotiations
Go ! Food, Nutrition, and Public Policies
Go ! Industrial Ecology: Agenda for the Long-term Evolution of the Industrial System
Go ! People’s Right to Feed Themselves and Achieve Food Sovereignty
Go ! Proposals on Food Security
Go ! Proposals Related to the Water Issue
Go ! Rejecting the Privatization of Life and Proposing Alternatives
Go ! Save Our Soils to Sustain Our Societies (SOS2)

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