The European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD) recently engaged in a highly productive meeting with Lynnette Neufeld and Ana Islas Ramos, esteemed officers from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Food and Nutrition Division. The meeting focused on two vital subjects: Food systems-based dietary guidelines and nutritional guidelines and standards for school meals. The discussions unveiled exciting prospects for collaboration and emphasized the essential role of dietitians in promoting safe and appropriate nutrition for every European citizen.
Food systems-based dietary guidelines took centre stage during the meeting, with EFAD and FAO officers recognizing their potential to foster sustainable and healthy eating patterns. These guidelines not only address individual nutrition but also encompass wider concerns such as environmental impact, food security, and social and economic well-being. EFAD expressed its commitment to actively contribute to the development and implementation of these guidelines, forging a partnership that can drive positive change across Europe.
The meeting also marked the introduction of the Budapest Resolution—a milestone declaration emphasizing the inherent right of every European citizen to access safe and appropriate nutrition. EFAD presented this resolution, highlighting the pivotal role of dietitians in advocating for and advancing this fundamental right. The alignment of EFAD and FAO officers in supporting the Budapest Resolution amplifies their commitment to fostering healthier food systems and empowering individuals to make informed choices regarding their nutrition.
Dietitians play a vital role in this collaborative endeavour. Their expertise in nutrition, education, and advocacy uniquely positions them to effect positive change in the lives of individuals and communities across Europe. EFAD and FAO officers acknowledged the significance of dietitians and expressed their unwavering support for their pivotal work in advancing safe and appropriate nutrition.
Moving forward, EFAD and FAO officers will continue to work closely to advance the implementation of food systems-based dietary guidelines and nutritional standards for school meals. Further discussions and progress updates will be shared in the forthcoming meeting, underlining the ongoing commitment to realizing the Budapest Resolution and promoting safe and appropriate nutrition for all Europeans.
The European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD) is a professional organization representing dietitians and the dietetic profession across Europe. EFAD is dedicated to promoting the importance of food and nutrition in health and disease prevention, advocating for the advancement of dietetics, and ensuring the highest standards of professional practice.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to eradicate hunger, improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. FAO works with governments and stakeholders worldwide to address critical issues related to food and agriculture, seeking to build a future where everyone has access to safe, affordable, and nutritious food.