Interim summary report: Food systems for children and adolescents - working together to secure nutritious diets


The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, co-hosted a global consultation on children, adolescents and food systems at the UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti on 5–7 November 2018. 

The consultation aimed to: 

  1. Develop a common narrative around the need for food systems to produce nutritious, safe, affordable, accessible, and sustainable diets for children and adolescents,
  2. Validate a common approach to elucidate priority actions within the food system to improve diets of children and adolescents, and
  3. Develop an action plan to improve children and adolescents’ diets using a food systems approach. 

Food systems are essential to delivering healthy, affordable and sustainable diets, but the nutritional needs of children and adolescents (both of present and future generations) are often not prioritised. This report examines food systems framework for children and adolescents. 

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