“Women are frontline players in ensuring nutrition and food security”

The Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA) asserts women farmers’ representation in nutrition and food security mechanisms and processes.

BANGKOK (Thailand). The Asian Farmers’ Association (AFA), through its policy advocacy officer Ma. Elena Rebagay, has participated in the recent ASEAN High Level Consultative Meeting on Integrating Nutrition in ASEAN Integrated Framework on Food Security and its Strategic Plan of Action for Food Security. The meeting was jointly organized by the ASEAN Secretariat and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on January 29-30, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.

During the consultation, AFA asserted the significant role of women farmers as the frontline players in ensuring nutrition and food security at the household level. Women farmers, as producers, mothers and consumers, are in the best position to articulate the gaps as well as solutions to issues and problems related to nutrition and food security.

AFA also affirmed the common sentiment among stakeholders that nutrition and food security cannot be addressed by one agency alone, but should be a multi-stakeholder coordinating mechanism that would ensure the integration and harmonization of various initiatives on nutrition and food security.

More information in AFA’s website.