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EMPOWERING WOMEN FOR
IMPROVED HOUSEHOLD ACCESS
TO HEALTHY DIETS IN LEBANON
The Food Heritage Foundation
Dominique Anid, MP...
Women
Empowerment
Higher investment
in children’s
education, health &
nutrition
Long–term
economic growth
(DFID, 2010)
• G...
• Lebanese non-profit organization striving to promote and
revive local food heritage through the empowerment of
women and...
Farmers’
Market
Community
Kitchens
Food Tourism
Our Programs
• Mobile Farmers’ Market “Bringing the farm to the city” – Traditional
& healthy food promotion and preservation (since 20...
• Women-led initiatives (since 2012)
• Syrian, Palestinian, Lebanese women working jointly to provide food
assistance (hot...
• “The Generosity Trail”: food tourism trail
connecting 9 Lebanese villages  increase the
income of small farmers, women ...
• Our programs seek to:
 Empower small producers/farmers (women)
 Promote local food systems / traditional eating 
inhe...
A Community-Based Intervention Improves
Economic, Social and Food Security Outcomes
of Refugee Women – The Healthy Kitchen...
Take Home Message
Programs such as farmers’
markets, community kitchens &
food tourism can empower
women to become
ambassa...
Thank you!
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Empowering women for improved household access to healthy diets in Lebanon, by Dominique Anid, Executive Secretary and Treasurer - The Food Heritage Foundation, Lebanon

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The International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition was jointly held by FAO and WHO in December 2016 to explore policies and programme options for shaping the food systems in ways that deliver foods for a healthy diet, focusing on concrete country experiences and challenges. This Symposium waas the first large-scale contribution under the UN Decade of Action for Nutrition 2016-2025. This presentation was part of Parallel session 3.3: Empowering women as key drivers of food system change"

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Empowering women for improved household access to healthy diets in Lebanon, by Dominique Anid, Executive Secretary and Treasurer - The Food Heritage Foundation, Lebanon

  1. 1. EMPOWERING WOMEN FOR IMPROVED HOUSEHOLD ACCESS TO HEALTHY DIETS IN LEBANON The Food Heritage Foundation Dominique Anid, MPH, LD
  2. 2. Women Empowerment Higher investment in children’s education, health & nutrition Long–term economic growth (DFID, 2010) • Global Action to end all form of Malnutrition (ICN2): Need to develop policies on women & women’s empowerment • Framework for Action (ICN2):  Recommendations: strengthen local food production & processing by small holders & family farmers with special attention to women’s empowerment to promote SFS for healthy diets Towards Sustainable Food Systems
  3. 3. • Lebanese non-profit organization striving to promote and revive local food heritage through the empowerment of women and small producers. •To become a major drive of economic development through the promotion of local food heritage Vision • To document and revive the traditional cuisine and promote the livelihoods of rural producers and processors through the creation of rural-urban linkages Mission The Food Heritage Foundation
  4. 4. Farmers’ Market Community Kitchens Food Tourism Our Programs
  5. 5. • Mobile Farmers’ Market “Bringing the farm to the city” – Traditional & healthy food promotion and preservation (since 2013) • Linking small women producers/farmers to urban citizens for direct sales • Visits universities and schools to connect new generation to local food heritage • Capacity Building: Food Safety, Healthy Nutrition, Best agriculture practices, marketing skills… Farmers’ Market
  6. 6. • Women-led initiatives (since 2012) • Syrian, Palestinian, Lebanese women working jointly to provide food assistance (hot meals) or healthy snacks to schools • Capacity Building: Food Safety, Healthy Nutrition for the Family, Recipe Standardization, Kitchen management skills… • Healthy, traditional, culturally acceptable meals/snacks; raw material procured locally; recipes chosen by women themselves • Reaching around ~200 vulnerable families/d (locals & refugees) per CK Community Kitchens (CK)
  7. 7. • “The Generosity Trail”: food tourism trail connecting 9 Lebanese villages  increase the income of small farmers, women producers, local guides, and bed and breakfast operations through the development of touristic packages • Capacity Building: Food safety, Healthy eating, food tourism, menu development… • Raising awareness about the origin of a food product or a traditional dish and its cultural and emotional ties to the destination. Food Tourism
  8. 8. • Our programs seek to:  Empower small producers/farmers (women)  Promote local food systems / traditional eating  inherently healthy  Create stable livelihoods opportunities (income generating)  Build capacities of women around food production Conclusions •Food-related skills & knowledge •Stable income-generating activities promoting traditional food Women Empowerment •Direct transmission of skills & knowledge from mothers to family •Financial mean + power to improve family’s diet Improvement of HH access to healthy diets
  9. 9. A Community-Based Intervention Improves Economic, Social and Food Security Outcomes of Refugee Women – The Healthy Kitchens Experience  Study on 2 CKs in Palestinian camps led by 32 women to provide daily healthy meals to school children to assess the effect of participating in the healthy kitchens program on women’s economic, social and food security outcomes  Methods: questionnaire + open-ended questions (Jamaluddine et al, Center for Research on Population and Health, American University of Beirut, Lebanon; Department of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Maryland, MD, 2014-2016) Total HH and Food Expenditures Significant Increase (p=0.001) Decision making by women over minor HH expenditures Significant Increase (p=0.001) HH Food Insecurity Significant Decrease (p<0.01) HH Food-related Coping Strategies Significant Decrease (p<0.01) Conclusions
  10. 10. Take Home Message Programs such as farmers’ markets, community kitchens & food tourism can empower women to become ambassadors of traditional food, helping to preserve local food systems & reinforcing healthy diets within families & communities
  11. 11. Thank you!

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