Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition in the Near East and North Africa


11 December 2017 - 13 December 2017


Region: Middle East


The aim of the symposia is to bring together experts in the field of nutrition, health, agriculture, water and sanitation, and other related fields, to contribute to the agenda of improving health and nutrition through sustainable food systems. The goal is to assist country stakeholders in defining appropriate policies for reshaping food systems for healthier diets. The specific objectives are to:

  • Take stock of the regional dimension/specificity of food security and nutrition challenges
  • Share key features of food systems in countries in the region, and how these influence dietary patterns and nutrition outcomes
  • Identify major regional policy processes, institutions, partnership initiatives and innovative programming for tackling nutrition issues through a food systems approach
  • Identify experiences and practical entry points for concerted policy and programmatic action with a view to feed these into Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Conferences in 2018
  • Facilitate the development of policy actions in line with the ICN2 Framework for Action and the Decade of Action work plan.

Who is Expected

Special attention will be given to the participation of government representatives, with a focus on technical officers with responsibility for nutrition, academic and research institutions, civil societies and private sector participants from multiple disciplines. The 20 countries of focus include Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.


The agenda will include a two-hour session on wheat flour fortification. According to FFI data, some countries of focus for this meeting have well-developed fortification programs, others would benefit from improving their fortification standards, and others are not fortifying wheat flour.

Contact Information

Scott Montgomery


Quentin Johnson


Helena Pachón



The event is coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization Regional Office of the Near East and North Africa and the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean with support from the UNICEF Middle East and North Africa Regional Office.