Well-designed laws needed to improve food systems

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A hard earned snack, ©FAO M. Cusack

A strong legal framework is needed to improve food systems, according to the Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

In an address to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on Tuesday, José Graziano da Silva urged ministers and senators to transform their commitments on healthier diets into positive results.

More than 90 ministers and hundreds of government officials will attend the Second International Conference on Nutrition this week.

Mr Graziano da Silva said improving nutrition requires a collective effort, in which parliamentarians have a key role to play.

Transforming the political commitments into nutritional results requires well designed laws that improve food systems, ensure healthy diets and strengthen school meal programmes. (0'15")

At the conference, countries are expected to adopt an outcome document called the Rome Declaration on Nutrition, which will recommend policies to address nutrition across multiple sectors.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations, Rome.

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