Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health

Promoting fruit and vegetable consumption around the world


Workshop on Fruit and Vegetable Promotion in Portuguese Speaking Countries - September 2005

On the 1st and 2nd of September 2005 the first workshop to study and discuss the possibility of implementing the WHO/FAO Framework for Promoting Fruit and Vegetables at the national level was held in Lisbon/Portugal, with participants from the health and agriculture sectors from all lusophone countries (Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guiné-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, S. Tome and Principe, Timor-Leste). This workshop also reviewed past and ongoing activities to promote fruit and vegetable consumption in participating countries.

As a result of this workshop two documents are available: a background document describing the nutritional status of the population, nutrition policies and fruit and vegetable production and consumption in all participating countries; and the meeting report that includes the main conclusions of the working groups, recommendations from participants, actions to be taken in the future and the Portuguese version of the "WHO/FAO Framework for Promoting Fruit and Vegetables at the National level".

Download the workshop report (Portuguese) Download the background document (Portuguese)

As a follow-up to the Lisbon Workshop, an electronic newsletter is produced regularly aiming to disseminate information in Portuguese about fruit and vegetable promotion; to facilitate the exchange of experience in this field and to maintain the contact network, established in Lisbon, active.

Joint WHO/FAO Workshop on Fruit and Vegetables for Health, September 2004

Making fruit and vegetables available to all: a joint FAO/WHO workshop, held at the WHO Kobe Center for Health and Development in Japan, addressed the need for increased fruit and vegetable consumption. The participants discussed issues surrounding fruit and vegetable production, consumption, and the effects on health and disease. The workshop resulted in a framework that proposes ways to promote increased production, availability and access, and adequate consumption of fruit and vegetables.

Fruit and Vegetables for Health is a report of a joint WHO/FAO workshop. It includes a framework as an important tool for governments and other stakeholders to promote fruit and vegetables for health. This framework guides the development of cost-efficient and effective interventions for the promotion of adequate fruit and vegetable production and consumption. To support the implementation of the framework at country level, workshops will be held later this year to develop national action plans.


Fruit and vegetables

  1. Introduction
  2. Meetings
  3. Information sheet