The Food System Transformation (FST) program was held on 7th Nov 2019 at Annapurna Hotel, organized by The World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) and hosted by Nepal Agriculture Co-operative Central Federation Limited (NACCFL) and Agri Terra, the Netherland. The program was also supported by different organizations.
The program was chaired by Mr. Khem Bahadur Pathak, chairperson of Nepal Agriculture Co-operative Central Federation Limited (NACCFL) and Sana Kishan Bikas Laghubitta Bittiye Sanstha (SKBLBS). While Dr. Yubak Dhoj G.C, secretary of Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, was the chief guest in the program. The ceremony was based on three major agendas such as Nutrition, Environment and Social Inclusion.
At sharp 9:30 a.m. the program was started with a meaningful and welcome speech by Ms. Meena Pokharel (Deputy General Manager).
Dr. Yubak Dhoj G.C, secretary of Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development inaugurated the ceremony by lighting the candle. After that, all guests and participants stood up to sing national anthem. Then, Mr. Diwakar Rupakheti introduced NACCFL in brief and described about its work and contributions.
After opening ceremony, Mr. Ido Verhagen took the stage. He then briefly introduced about the objectives of the (FST) program. He delivered a small speech on what kind of challenges have to face and what needs to be changed during FST program.
And then Ms. Ilse van de Bilj (Agricutural Attache, Embassy of Netherland, Delhi) was called on the stage. She spoke about the role of the Netherland in the global food system.
The chief guest of the day Dr. Yubak Dhoj G.C, was then called on the stage. He said, "Government will focus on producing nutritious agri food without effecting the environment ". Also he added, In Nepal “death ratio of people who died of malnutrition is multiple times higher than people who died due to lack of food"
Around 10:30 a.m. the opening ceremony was closed with the remarks from Chairperson of opening ceremony.
Time 10:30 to 10:35 was spent by taking group photo. From 10:35 to 10:45 was spare as break to depart Master of Ceremony (MOC) and arranging roundtables for all guests.
At 10:45 a.m. Mr.Verhagen started the first session of the day. He introduced the challenges while producing nutritious food without harming the environment. He declared that the increasing population and climate change are the major obstacles for producing nutritious food. In the other hand, farmers' prosperity is also a big challenge, he said.
Time 11:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. was given to the farmers for their introduction, mentioning their background, what do they farm and their thoughts upon the topics related. At 12:00 p.m. it was time for lunch.
At 13:00 p.m. the program resumed with a group work in 'World Café Style' in which three major aspects 'nutritious diets', 'sustainable production' and 'social inclusion' were discussed. This group work was supposed to explore farmers' experiences, look into their hopes/concerns for the future, factors that enables or worries them, their opinion on changes in future if they think about those factors and what they have been already doing that attributes for FST. This session lasted for one and half hour. At 14:30 p.m. it was called off for tea break.
Next session got started at 14:45 p.m. with the same procedure, group work. In this session, the farmers were asked about the materials from the past session. They were encouraged to focus on the companies they sell or buy to. They were asked how those companies are enabling their production and also about the good relationship would look like with the company. Time 13:45 to 16:00 was spare as a small break.
Time 16:00 to 16: 45 p.m. was spent by building the agendas for 8th Nov. The agenda was to tell the farmers' expectation from the company. And each group of three or more were given a chance to raise three main points or questions with the company. At 16:45 the facilitator wrapped up the first day.
The second day of Food System Transformation (FST) program was started at 9:00 a.m. Mr. Gerda Verburg Assistant Secretary General, SUN Movement Coordinator, UN took off the ceremony with the descriptions of challenges in relation to food system transformation, role of Sun Global Gathering and the importance of farmers. Then, Ms. Dianne Waldorf (Director Corporate Operations) briefly explained the role of private sector in this process.
At 9:30 Mr. Ido Verhagen gave the introduction to the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) and access to seeds index to outline how benchmarks encourage companies to better serve the interest of farmers to achieve a sustainable food future. Time 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. the company participants introduced themselves to larger group and the facilitator introduced the farmers. It was tend to explain how all are related to one another on the chain value. At 11:00 till 11:50 a.m. the facilitator and nominated farmer discussed about the main points of previous day. The next session resumed at 13:00 p.m. The session went on with a group work combining farmers and companies. The farmers and companies participants were combined in groups and they had to discuss the main points and questions presented before lunch. The companies had to respond and input on what do they agree and disagree on. 20 minutes were provided to each group and then each group had to summarize back to main group.
After the group discussion, it was break time at 14:30 to 14: 45. Then at 14:45 again participants were divided and formed into groups. This time these groups had to discuss on understanding of how companies and farmers come together. The session lasted for one hour and 15 minutes. Around 16:00 to 17:00 p.m. program closing ceremony was held. The facilitator had to get few participants to succinctly summarize what they not from workshop and it was the end of the program.