Traditional foods, nutrition education key to fighting hunger and malnutrition
FAO media release, 27 September 2012

UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK: Promotion of traditional foods and better food and nutrition education can improve diets and help mitigate the impact of high international food prices, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said at a high-level meeting on nutrition held on the margins of the UN General Assembly. The event, convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, brought together political, business, scientific and civil society leaders to review progress made throughout the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement over the past year and to discuss commitments to greater investments in nutrition. “Recovering traditional foods such as cassava, quinoa, beans and other non-commodities is a valid strategy to face high and volatile international food prices,” the Director-General said. “This provides a very important opportunity to promote small-scale farming and local production.” Read the media release …