The Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) is seeking a consultant to undertake a mapping of the Caribbean food and beverage industry with a focus on key actors in Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.
The Terms of Reference for the consultancy can be read/downloaded here
Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit a Cover Letter and CV to the HCC via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject: HCC Food and Beverage Industry Mapping
The deadline for submissions is Friday August 24th, 2018.
Childhood obesity is a major challenge facing our region with up to 1 in 3 children being overweight or obese. The Caribbean has some of the highest adult obesity rates in the world and no country as yet has been successful in halting or reversing this trend. In response to the problem the HCC developed a Civil Society Action Plan 2017-2021: Prevention Childhood Obesity in the Caribbean
(CSAP). The goal of the CSAP is to halt the increase in childhood obesity by 2025 through improved development and implementation by CARICOM countries of policies, and/or legislation, and/ or regulations to prevent childhood obesity, by 2021. The overall expected outcome of the plan is strengthened contribution of Caribbean civil society to the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of national and regional policies, legislation, regulations, programmes, and interventions related to childhood obesity prevention by 2021.
The CSAP covers seven priority areas: trade and fiscal policy; nutrition literacy; marketing of healthy and unhealthy foods and beverages to children; school – and community-based interventions; resource mobilisation; and strategic planning, monitoring, and evaluation. The key policy asks are: SSB taxation; mandatory front of package labeling; enacting legislation related to The International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes; banning the marketing of unhealthy foods to children; banning the sale and marketing of unhealthy foods in government schools; and mandatory physical education in schools.
The consumption of unhealthy processed and ultra-processed foods and beverages is the primary driver of the obesity epidemic. There are a number of factors which contribute to this problem by creating obesogenic environments which are conducive to excess energy consumption. The Caribbean and other SIDS have experienced tremendous trade liberalization which has influenced the food systems in many countries towards increased availability and accessibility of processed food and greater consumption of foods high in fat, sugars and salt. In the Caribbean, half of CARICOM countries import more than 80% of what they consume (processed foods are the top five food imports in the region) fueling dramatic changes in diet away from unprocessed or minimally processed foods and contributing to an ‘epidemic’ of obesity and diet-related NCDs.
In growing recognition of the commercial determinants of health, the processed food and beverage industry has been strongly implicated as a major driver of unhealthy diets. This is particularly evident in developing countries where multinational food corporations are aggressively targeting these emerging markets with a view to expanding profit margins as developed markets contract. A better understanding of the domestic and international processed food and beverage industry actors in the region, their product lines and emerging corporate political activities to undermine public health initiatives, will provide advocates with the information needed to tailor and target their advocacy efforts.
This work directly supports and complements existing HCC initiatives being implemented under the CSAP.