country representative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United
Nations has acknowledged that public-private sector collaboration has been
widely promoted as a key approach to scale up nutrition interventions.
Dr. Perpetua Katepa Kalala was speaking recently during the launch of the project: ‘‘Improving Food Security and Nutrition in The Gambia through Food Fortification’’ being implemented by FAO and partners that is worth 5.5million Euros. This project supports the establishment of the National Alliance for Food Fortification (NAFF).
She affirmed that achieving nutrition’s full impact on health and development outcomes requires a multi-sectorial approach.
Dr. Kalala pointed out that the public sector has the mandate and responsibility to improve the health of the population; the private sector has experience and expertise in food production and marketing, while the social sector has grass-root contact with the consumer.
“Private sector contributions and multi-stakeholder approaches can help mainstreaming nutrition’s-specific interventions and nutrition-sensitive policies and programme throughout food systems”
FAO Country rep., however, maintained that for public-private partnership to be successful, they need clear structures, transparent working arrangements as well as an effective management and coordination structure to provide coherence and measure performance.
“The National Alliance for Food Fortification will ensure that a sustained regulatory mechanism is in place and meet regularly to discuss challenges and emerging issues emanating from industries, food importers and stakeholders hindering compliance and taking appropriate measures to address them” she added.
She reminded that FAO has a core mandate to raise level of nutrition and standards of living to ensure humanity’s freedom from hunger by promoting sustainable agricultural development and alleviating poverty.
She expressed her institution’s resolve to combat food insecurity and malnutrition by providing pragmatic, concrete and sustainable solutions.