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BIFAD Public Meeting: Improving Nutrition Through Private Sector Engagement Across Food Systems

Event Date: 
Oct 16, 2018
9:00 am to 12:00 pm CDT
Online Event
The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD)


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The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD), an advisory committee to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will convene a public meeting on October 16, 2018 to explore opportunities and challenges for private sector engagement and market system linkages across the food system to advance nutrition outcomes. The meeting will examine public sector and private sector relationships at different points in the food system to improve the demand, availability, accessibility, and affordability of high-quality diets for vulnerable populations. Discussions will address how to build a business case for private sector involvement in improving diet quality for vulnerable populations and how the public sector needs to engage to support and incentivize that business case. Recommendations coming out of the meeting will help to inform USAID’s future focus in this area. 

The meeting will also include the announcement of the winners of the BIFAD Prize for Scientific Excellence and an update on a BIFAD-commissioned study on the U.S. benefits and capabilities leveraged of USAID investments in developing country agriculture and food security.Following an introduction by Dr. Rob Bertram, Chief Scientist, USAID Bureau for Food Security, a keynote address by Dr. Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and framing remarks by Dr. William Masters, Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, two panels will address: 1) aspects of the enabling environment that can help accelerate private sector engagement in nutrition and 2) key drivers of private sector engagement to improve diet quality, including aspects of labeling, marketing, standards, and accountability systems. A public comment period is scheduled from 11:30 am-12:00 pm CDT. 

Please click here to see the draft agenda.

If you are unable to attend the event in-person in Des Moines, select "online admission" via the registration link to attend the event online with our webcast.

Please check back here for the link to the livestream closer to the event.

Content from the October 16th Meeting, including links to the video recordings, slides, and minutes, will be uploaded on the BIFAD Documents page.

More information on BIFAD can be found on the BIFAD landing page at http://www.aplu.org/projects-and-initiatives/international-programs/bifad/bifad-meetings.html

Questions related to registration, please contact Devin Ferguson at dferguson@aplu.org or (202) 478-6030.

Questions about the event? Please contact the Designated Federal Officer, Clara Cohen, at ccohen@usaid.gov.

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