Mauritius: Small Island Developing States discuss global programme on food security

Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - High level technicians in food security and nutrition from seven Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean regions are meeting for three days in Mauritius to provide specific inputs to the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Food Security and Nutrition in SIDS.

Countries represented at the meeting are Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe, Comoros, Maldives, Mauritius, and Seychelles.

The regional consultative workshop is co-hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) from 4-6 April 2017.

Discussions focus on key food security and nutrition challenges faced by these SIDS including the triple burden of malnutrition (undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies and obesity), and recognizing the host of unique circumstances faced by SIDS, including limited land mass, remoteness, fragile natural environments, and high vulnerability to the impacts of climate change.  

In a communiqué, the FAO said the GAP is a guidance document intended to provide a framework for a more coherent approach to the design of interventions to improve SIDS’ food security and nutrition situation.

The GAP is a direct follow-up to the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (the SAMOA Pathway), aiming to accelerate action on food security and nutrition in SIDS and in doing so, to support their efforts towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

According to the communiqué, this workshop offers opportunities to share experience, helping to further define priorities and actions that are clearly aligned to existing strategies on food security and nutrition at the global, regional and national levels and therefore better respond to the needs of the small island states.
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