Key Stakeholder Engagement throughout 2017
AFH team members participated in numerous relevant fora throughout the year.
Select events and meetings are highlighted below.
2017 Food Tank DC Summit (February): AFH Co-Founder Eric Trachtenberg spoke on the “Cultivating Food Security” panel at the 2017 Food Tank DC Summit in Washington, DC, referencing AFH's work. He spoke extensively about AFH in a side interview with Food Tank during the Summit.
US-India Business Council Luncheon “Non-Communicable Disease & Food - Building A Better Way Together in India” (March): AFH Executive Committee Member Nalini Saligram (Arogya World) and Eric Trachtenberg spoke at this working luncheon in Washington, DC.
United Nations’ 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (March): AFH Co-Founder Rebecca Hamel attended "Women and NCDs: Debunking Myths and Taking Action,"an event in the margins of the United Nations' 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York, NY. The event discussed the health, economic and social impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on women throughout their lives.
Pyrexa Global’s Global Engagement Forum (April): Eric Trachtenberg attended the invitation-only Pyrexa Global’s Global Engagement Forum in Washington, DC focusing on specific solvable problems related to global health, agriculture, and economic opportunity.
70th World Health Assembly (May): Eric Trachtenberg participated in the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland as a member of the Global Health Council's delegation.
Agriculture & Food Day to Implement the Sustainable Development Goals (July): Rebecca Hamel and Eric Trachtenberg attended the Agriculture & Food Day in New York, NY hosted by Farming First, International Agri-Food Network, and other organizations to raise awareness of the critical need for investment in SDG 2 on ending hunger and its interlinkages with the other SDGs under focus during the concurrent 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).
Global Health Mini-University (September): AFH Policy Officer Allen Rakotoniaina attended the U.S. Agency for International Development’s annual Global Health Mini-University. The event brought together professionals and students to discuss evidence-based best practices and state-of-the-art information for a variety of areas including NCDs, nutrition, and maternal newborn child health.
United Nations' 72nd General Assembly (September): Eric Trachtenberg and Policy Officer Allen Rakotoniaina attended numerous side events on NCDs during the United Nations' 72nd General Assembly in New York, NY.
No More Missed Opportunities: Advancing Public-Private Partnerships to Achieve the Global Nutrition Goals (October): Rebecca Hamel and Eric Trachtenberg participated in an invitation-only roundtable discussion on global malnutrition and nutrition in New York, NY co-sponsored by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the USCIB Foundation, the educational arm of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), and Wilton Park USA in support of the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition and the UN Secretary-General’s Every Woman, Every Child movement.
United Nations Committee on World Food Security 44th Session (October): Eric Trachtenberg gave a presentation to the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) working group on nutrition on the purpose and progress of AFH.
2017 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium (October): Eric Trachtenberg attended the 2017 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium in Des Moines, IA.
Milken Institute Future of Health Summit (October): Rebecca Hamel and Eric Trachtenberg and AFH Policy Officer Allen Rakotoniaina attended the Milken Institute Future of Health Summit in Washington, DC.
Public-Private Partnerships and the Nutrition Agenda: Challenges and Opportunities (October): Rebecca Hamel and Eric Trachtenberg delivered presentations in a CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) event in Washington, DC led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). The event covered challenges and opportunities for public and private-sector actors in improving nutrition.
Rebecca Hamel and Eric Trachtenberg met with several stakeholders throughout the year to discuss the purpose and progress of AFH. Rebecca and Eric spoke with Vimlendra Sharan, the new Washington Office Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in February in Washington, DC, and Eric met with Her Excellency Amira Daoud Hassan Gornass, Ambassador of the Republic of the Sudan to Italy and Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Sudan to the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome, in July in New York, NY at the Agriculture and Food Day.
AFH joined the Noncommunicable Disease (NCD) Roundtable in November. Hosted at the Global Health Council, the NCD Roundtable was founded in 2010 as a coalition of civil society and private sector organizations working to raise the profile of NCDs through policy dialogue and engagement, partnership building, and grassroots mobilization. Today it serves as a neutral credible voice for information sharing, advocacy, communications, collaboration, and best practices around NCD issues among members of the global health community and with global health decision makers.
Additionally in November, Rebecca Hamel joined the NCD Roundtable Leadership's introductory meeting with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) in Washington, DC, and she participated in the NCD Roundtable's Hill Day to discuss the importance of NCDs in the global health agenda with key Congressional offices.
Lastly, AFH was invited to join the WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases in October in Montevideo, Uruguay, but was unable to attend, due to the timing of the invitation. This conference highlighted the critical links between reducing premature deaths from NCDs promoting mental health and well-being and enhancing policy coherence across areas that impact the governance, prevention, management and surveillance of NCDs.