Arine Valstar is a nutritionist and social anthropologist (MSc) with over 20 years work experience that includes gender, livelihoods, food security, nutrition sensitive agriculture - and value chains, SBCC multi-sectoral nutrition governance and planning. She has worked in 35 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Asia. Between 1997 and 2002 she worked for FAO in Jamaica, Rome headquarters and the regional office in Cairo after which became an independent consultant. She evaluated and supported various international programmes and projects for the UN (FAO, WHO, WFP, UNICEF), EU, WB and international NGOs from Egypt. She relocated to the Netherlands in 2012 where she joined ETC Foundation to support the Mid Term and Final Evaluations of the EU/ UNICEF African Nutrition Security Partnership (ANSP) 2011-2015 and the Mother and Young Child Nutrition Security In Asia (MYCNSIA) Programme (2010-2015).
She promotes more sustainable diets and food systems that improve food security and nutrition through people-centered integrated sustainable approaches. Recent experience includes development of the proposal on sustainable food system for improved nutrition in Oman that she developed under a combined FAO, WHO, UNICEF contract in 2018. She has just completed a nutrition sensitive value chain assessment for FAO Oman. Arine is a KIT associate consultant and has also supported nutrition in SNV projects in Rwanda and Ethiopia. She is an active member in the Netherlands Working Group on international Nutrition (NWGN).
With the Food Transition Coalition (Transitie Coalitie Voedsel) in the Netherlands she is developing a vision and road map for a sustainable and healthy food environment. Arine is married and has two daughters.