Workshop Food and Nutrition Security 5.5-day

From: October, 08 - 13
Venue: Karl Kübel Institute for Development Education (KKID), Coimbatore, South-India;

(© Tom Jose, KKID)

In 2016, the number of chronically undernourished people in the world is estimated to have increased to 815 million (FAO 2017,4). While India has seen impressive economic growth in recent years, the country still struggles with widespread poverty and hunger. Children are the first who suffer, and effects of stunting never can be compensated. In India, according to UNICEF (2017), 21% of children under five years are wasted (7,5% severe), 38,4% are stunted, and 35,7% are underweight.

The transformational vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls on all countries and stakeholders to work together to end hunger and prevent all forms of malnutrition by 2030. This ambition can only be fulfilled if agriculture and food systems become sustainable, so that food supplies are stable and all people have access to adequate nutrition and health. The start of the 2030 Agenda coincided with the launch of the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016–2025), adding impetus to these commitments by providing a time-bound, cohesive framework for action.

Knowledge on the various concepts (Food and Nutrition Security (FNS), Right to Adequate Food (RtF), Food Systems) is a precondition for choosing adequate methods and instruments to assess and analyse the food and nutrition security situation of a given area and to develop appropriate actions.


At the end of the training course, participants …

  • …have gained a holistic understand of the complex nature of food security and nutrition, right to adequate food and food systems, the categories of causes, different levels of actors;
  • …know methods and instruments at various levels for assessing and analysing the FNS situation and are able to identify violations of the RtF;
  • …know a variety of interventions to tackle either acute or chronic food insecurity in urban and rural areas and to claim the Right to Adequate Food;
  • …identify the contribution of the different sectors, and specifically own sector, in combatting hunger and malnutrition;
  • …have identified concrete actions at their respective working level.


  • The concept of Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) link to poverty, Sustainable Development Goals and the Right to Food, gender and sustainable food systems;
  • The manifestation of food and nutrition insecurity – the different faces of malnutrition;
  • Approaches and instruments to assess and analyse the FNS situation at macro, meso and micro level;
  • Actions/interventions to improve Food and Nutrition Security at macro, meso and micro level
  • Strategies for improving the Food and Nutrition Security, in particular for vulnerable groups;
  • Monitoring and evaluation of Food and Nutrition Security project/ programme results.

At the end of the workshop further reading and resources will be recommended and supplied on a USB to all participants.

Target Group

Participants shall be from organisations (governmental as well as non-governmental) dealing with projects and programmes aiming at development and eliminating hunger. Representatives of various professional disciplines with various years of professional experience are addressed at different level (national until small scale project level).
As the workshop language is English, it is necessary that all participants are fluent in the same.

Trainer Profile

Maria Gerster-Bentaya, phD, socio-economist, German
She works as a senior lecturer and researcher at the Department of Rural Sociology at the University of Hohenheim; in parallel, since more than 30 years, she is active in the field of rural development as consul­tant, trainer and moderator. Her fields of expertise include self-help and participatory processes in de­velopment, advisory services, rural organisations, food and nutrition security.

She designs concepts and strategies tailored to the specific situation and groups. The manuals for imple­mentation and trainings combine contents and me­thods and are elaborated together with end users.

Since 1999, she is involved in developing and conducting training courses on Food and Nutrition Security, Right to Adequate Food and Food Systems. Participants come from countries from all over the world; this diversity is used for exchange of experiences and mutual learning.

Draft Agenda

Monday 08/10/2018
AM: Arrival of participants
PM: Introduction: self-introduction of participants expectations objectives, program,

Tuesday 09/10/2018
AM: Definitions: FNS & Food system; Forms of malnutrition; Severity and international classifications
PM: Instruments for Assessment and analysis of FNS – participants’ experiences
Evening: Social evening

Wednesday 10/10/2018
AM: Instruments for Assessment and analysis of FNS – participants’ experiences
PM: Right to Adequate Food definition / major elements rights and obligations

Thursday 11/10/2018
AM: Challenges deriving from the FNS concept and the RtF perspectives
PM: Challenges (cont.)
Evening: Meeting with the “NO FOOD WASTE” initiators

Friday 12/10/2018
AM: Actions to address the FNS situation (at macro, meso and micro level)
PM: Actions (contd.) mpact assessment and indicators
Evening: Evening: Meeting with the “NO FOOD WASTE” initiators

Saturday 13/10/2018
AM: Crosscutting issues: FNS, RtF and gender, tribal people
PM: Targeting Action plans – Workshop evaluation
Evening: Departure: Sunday morning

Coffee-breaks are being provided in the morning and afternoon.

Invitation, Registration and Outline

  • Invitation Food and Nutrition Security 2018 (168 KB)Download
  • Registration Food and Nutrition Security 2018 (45 KB)Download
  • Outline Food and Nutrition Security 2018 (370 KB)Download


For any clarification, please, contact Mrs. Sabine Beier, Karl Kübel Stiftung für Kind und Familie, Germany

Phone  +49 6251 7005-22
Fax +49 6251 7005-8822
Email: s.beier(at)

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