Lessons from sub-Saharan Africa: delivery mechanisms for mobilizing agricultural biodiversity for improved food and nutrition security
Recent international fora have emphasized the importance of biodiversity for food security and health. The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa, 2002, emphasized the interconnections among five focal areas (WEHAB) including health, agriculture and biodiversity necessary for achieving long-term sustainability. A Decision (CBD Decision VII/32) of the Conference of the Parties (COP7) of the Convention on Biodiversity taken in Kuala Lumpur, 2004, specifically calls for a strengthened focus on biodiversity for food and nutrition. A resolution accompanying the adoption of the World Health Organization Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health (WHO, 2004), includes explicit reference to traditional and indigenous diets.