Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition

Consultations and Events

CBD and Partners' Consultations

Nutrition Stakeholders Meeting
16-17 February 2006 (Rome, Italy)

IPGRI, FAO and the CBD, with support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC, Canada) convened a stakeholder consultation in order to provide inputs for delegates to COP 8, in preparation for their deliberations on the initiative. Nearly 60 experts from 25 countries contributed to this process, dividing into three working groups to develop recommendations in three key areas: research and evidence, policy and public awareness.

Full working papers from the consultation are in preparation, and will contain the detailed recommendations. The summary statement is available here.

The first consultation on the initiative on biodiversity for food and nutrition (held in Brasilia, Brazil, 12-13 March 2005) was organized by the CBD in collaboration with FAO, IPGRI and Brazil’s Ministry of the Environment. The consultation was hosted by the Ministry of Environment, and held as a side event to the 32nd session of the United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition (SCN). Experts participating in the SCN event were invited to attend the consultation, as were Brazilian experts and government representatives nominated to the CBD. Participants to the consultation were drawn from the fields of agricultural development, environment, food security, health and nutrition, and represented the following groups and initiatives, in addition to the organizers:

Alliance for Peoples Action on Nutrition (APAN)
Amazonian National Research Institute (INPA)
Association for Nature and Sustainable Development (ANDES, Peru)
Consejo Nacional del Ambiente (CONAM, Peru)
Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA)
EMBRAPA (Brazil)
IFAD – International Fund for Agriculture Development
Mexican Council for Sustainable Development (COMEDES)
Seeds Campaign (Brazil)
Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity
United Nations University
Universiti Putra Malaysia
University of Campinas (Brazil)
Vice Ministry – Natural Resources and Environment (Bolivia)

Participants developed a statement outlining the main conclusions of the consultation. The final report of the meeting, and preparatory documents, are accessible here.

Other Events

Other events may provide opportunities for further developing the initiative.


18-20 September 2006 (Honolulu, Hawaii, USA)
30th National Nutrient Databank Conference

October 2006 (tentative)
Special Forum of the FAO Committee on Food Security

To review progress towards the 2015 MDG target.

See also: Food Composition Conferences and Meetings


27-29 April 2006 (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Sixth International Conference on Dietary Assessment Methods

13-17 March 2006 (Geneva, Switzerland)
33rd Session of the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition

'Nutrition and the Double-burden of Disease: A Global Challenge'

26-28 October 2005 (Rome, Italy)
Third Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

19-24 September 2005 (Durban, South Africa)
18th International Congress of Nutrition

14-16 September 2005 (Pretoria, South Africa)
6th International Food Data Conference - Food Composition Data and the Nutrition Dilemma

26 August 2005 (Galway, Ireland)
COHAB 2005 - Workshop on CBD Indicators for Health and Biodiversity

23-25 August 2005 (Galway, Ireland)
COHAB 2005 – the First International Conference on the Importance of Biodiversity to Human Health
(In particular, Session II: Biodiversity, Food and Agriculture)

18-19 April 2005
Consultation on the role of plant biodiversity in achieving the Millennium Development Goals on Hunger and Poverty (Chennai, India).