On December 9, the National Planning Commission co-convened a high-level roundtable in partnership with the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, to discuss ways of transforming food systems to provide healthy diets for the people of Nepal. The discussion was chaired by NPC member Dr Dil Bahadur Gurung, and Global Panel member Prof Srinath Reddy. This roundtable discussion was held following a food system briefing to provincial government representatives on December 8. In addition to participants from government and institutions, there was input from key development partners, including the UN, private sector and civil society representatives.
Dr Dil Bahadur Gurung said, “The Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Plan aims to reduce malnutrition so that it no longer becomes an impending factor towards enhancement of human capital and for overall socio-economic development.” Prof Srinath Reddy, member of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for nutrition congratulated the government of Nepal for holding the meeting, to discuss innovative solutions to deliver healthier diets in support of the MSNP-II.
The National Planning Commission and Global Panel issued a statement of intent entitled ‘Positioning food systems to deliver healthy diets in Nepal’ as an outcome of the discussions.