The "Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Symposium on sustainable food systems for healthy eating", that took place in San Salvador 5-7 September 2017, offered the opportunity to consider the challenges and opportunities in shaping sustainable food systems that assure everyone the human right to adequate and healthy food. The Symposium also convened a multisectoral forum to share practical solutions, successful experiences and lessons learned about the process of recreating sustainable, equitable and inclusive systems in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Symposium focused on efforts to deal with the multiplicity of challenges that malnutrition represents in all its forms, and determine the opportunities to tackle them over the next few decades, via three central themes that provide a regional perspective on sustainable, equitable and inclusive food systems which will serve as a viable platform for promoting a healthy, balanced and diversified eating:
- Policies and initiatives that guarantee the availability of diversified and healthy foods: measures to promote the production, transformation, storage, supply, distribution, marketing and commercialization of a diversified and healthy foods in a sustainable and efficient manner;
- Policies and initiatives associated with the access to and consumption of a diversified and healthy foods: measures to guarantee affordability and promote the sustainable consumption of a diversified and healthy foods.
- Policies and initiatives that improve intersectoral governance for sustainable, equitable and inclusive food systems.
Profile of the participants
Governments (agriculture, health, social development, education, environment, research institutes, planning, economics and finance, consumer protection bodies), parliamentarians, academics, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, civil society associations or organizations (cooperatives, consumer organizations), international agencies and organizations, and so on.
Methodology and activities
- Presentations and working group dialogues divided into thematic sessions
- Plenary sessions in which the ideas considered at the thematic sessions are presented