Helping the weak deal with food insecurity
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CTA. 1999. Helping the weak deal with food insecurity. Spore 79. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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seminar in Belgium, from 26 to 30 October 1998, in collaboration with the Catholic University of Leuven
More than one person in three in the ACP States has insufficient food to lead an active life and keep healthy. Such food insecurity hits certain groups of society particularly hard. It was in order to better understand this issue and to draw up appropriate measures for reducing the food insecurity of vulnerable groups that CTA organised a seminar in Belgium, from 26 to 30 October 1998, in collaboration with the Catholic University of Leuven. There were 52 participants representing public and non-public sectors from 12 ACP countries, as well as from regional and international organisations. Their recommendations included: improved access for vulnerable groups to credit and the means of production; reduced workloads for women; integration of 'food for work' and grain stores projects within overall development strategies, and training to improve management. Other key recommendations were the regular collection of data about vulnerable areas and households at risk, and greater cooperation between donor agencies and beneficiary countries with regard to the management of information systems. Calls were also made for improved coordination between NGOs, public bodies, donors and local communities.