International conference on Food Security and Nutrition

Mr. Robin Willoughby, Oxfam Policy Advisor – Food and Climate Team : Public procurement is extremely useful tool to give access to markets to smallholder farmers

Kamiljon Akramov, IFPRI Research Fellow and Leader of the Central Asia Program : Empirical evidence suggests that agricultural diversity positively correlates with dietary diversity.

David Sedik, Senior Policy Officer of the Regional Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Office for Europe and Central Asia: Research has shown that, when women control income it is used for food and healthcare. Therefore, anything that can increase the decision-making power of women within the family is helpful for the nutrition of the family.

Armen Harutyunyan, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Armenia: One of the main implications that have on food security is climate change.

David Sedik, Senior Policy Officer of the Regional Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Office for Europe and Central Asia: How we started developing agriculture in the USA? By investing in extension services. Capital investment is the key in developing agriculture. It is very expensive but this is how it is done.

Gocha Tsopurashvili, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Georgia: We aim to create a practical document in order to ensure food security in the country. We have a framework on how to achieve and develop vision on food security

Eric Levny, Executive Director, ISET Policy Institute : Information should be available before the disaster strikes.

Sacha Graumann, UNICEF Representative in Georgia: Malnutrition is the consequence of high levels of poverty in Georgia. There are half a million women and children in Georgia who suffer with some form of malnutrition

Laszlo Vajda, Senior Expert on Agricultural policies in Hungary: The World is globalising. There will be import pressure on Armenia and Georgia as they are opening towards world markets. So based on the experience of Hungary, I would like to suggest to start promoting local production from today and in this promotion you have to use your gastronomy and tourism together.

Laszlo Vajda, Senior Expert on Agricultural policies in Hungary: Collecting data should be harmonized to the agricultural policy tools. One can spend a lot of money collecting information on the market of fruits and vegetables daily or weekly, but if there is no policy tool to react to it, it is not cost efficient.

Janos Herman, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia: For the time being, in the South Caucasus food security is far from being fully achieved. Food production is low, which leads to high reliance on imports. Malnutrition and hidden hunger are widespread.

Tamar Manjavidze, Nutrition Expert: According to the research, population has limited access macro and micro nutrients that are much needed for their health especially in the winter and spring periods.

Laszlo Vajda, Senior Expert on Agricultural policies in Hungary: Civil organizations can make important input to agricultural policy as they can conduct important surveys. Through this input they can provide crucial contribution to agricultural policy designs.

Nedka Ivanova Professor of the University of National and World Economy: Food security system should allow policy makers to collect the information to make proper decisions.

Naira Gharakhanyan, Board member of the Mother and Child Health Alliance of Armenia : One of the critical roles of NGOs in development process is campaigning and advocacy

 

Robizon Tsiklauri, Chief Specialist of the National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC) of Georgia : Nutrition and healthy diet have multi sectoral dimension. Several ministries, such as Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Education have to design and implement the respective policy.

Mr. Robin Willoughby, Oxfam Policy Advisor – Food and Climate Team: For vibrant future in rural economies we need investments. But investing in smallholders in this region has deeper significance than economic value only. It has also very cultural and social values and it is important to recognize these beyond pure economic value.

Robizon Tsiklauri, Chief Specialist of the National Centre for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC) of Georgia : Food security and food safety issues are closely related to non-communicable diseases. Public health is not a standalone issue. Rather, it is closely related to food and nutrition.

Zarko Sunderic, Director of the Centre for Social Policy and former Director of the Government of Serbia Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit : What we measure influences on what we do, therefore we need to think what are the things we would like to measure – Zarko Sunderic on the importance of measuring food security data

Elene Rusetskaia, Executive Director of the Women’s information Centre : Women have limited access not only to agricultural technologies, but also to household appliances. The latter is much needed to alleviate their double burden related to both, the domestic and agricultural labour.