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The XVI International AIDS Conference, held in Toronto, Canada in August 2006, provided a forum for broader exploration of the complexities of the AIDS epidemic. Importantly, food and nutrition security have been identified as issues that are critically interlinked with HIV/AIDS and that need to be addressed along a continuum of prevention, treatment, care, and positive living. While the conference held many related sessions on gender, poverty, aboriginal peoples, and human rights, there were four sessions that focused specifically on the particular relationships between food security and HIV/AIDS:

HIV/AIDS, Food and Nutrition Security: The RENEWAL Initiative in Eastern and Southern Africa – Sunday, August 13, 2006;
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A toolkit to support CIDA staff working on initiatives related to food security and rural livelihoods

These guidelines were developed to support the formulation of agricultural policies in developing countries by providing recommendations on how to integrate HIV/AIDS and gender considerations into agriculture and food security programming.