11 Oct 2017

Mr. Denis Kabiito Statement at CFS 44: "It is therefore paramount to improve the incomes of small-scale farmers in order to improve food security and nutrition"

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Yesterday Mr. Denis Kabiito took the floor during the plenary session of CFS 44. In his statement he recognize the importance of the HLPE Report on Nutrition and Food Systems as a valuable contribution to understand the challenges of creating a sustainable Food Security system, but he also stressed the need to improve the incomes of small-scale farmers in order to improve Food Security and Nutrition.

"Food Security and Nutrition is a complex issue and it is therefore the right approach to look at food systems as a whole, as the report does. Agriculture is the core of every food system.

My name is Denis Kabiito, I am a farmer from Uganda and I have the honor to speak on behalf of the farmers’ constituency.

As a representation of farmers of all scales and from all continents, WFO is glad to participate to the works of CFS Bureau and Advisory Group.

We highly welcome the High-Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) Report on Nutrition and Food Systems as a valuable contribution to understand the multiple challenges in creating sustainable food systems that ensure food security and good nutrition for societies around the world.

We welcome the fact that the HLPE report identifies factors related to agricultural development as crucial factors for improving a food system. The report for example mentions technology factors such as more-nutrient-rich seed, fertilizers, mechanization, storage, processing and distribution technologies.

The report fails, however, to picture the relationship between income and diet in more detail. Describing income growth as a double-edged sword in relation to dietary quality, we would like to emphasize that this only holds true on average. For households with a very low level of income, including almost all small-scale farmers households, the situation is less ambiguous. Here, income growth usually is the best tool for dietary improvements.

It is therefore paramount to improve the incomes of small-scale farmers in order to improve food security and nutrition. Access to markets, access to adequate inputs, knowledge, and credit are, thus, key in combatting undernutrition and malnutrition through income growth in the farming sector".

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