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UNSCN is the food and nutrition policy harmonization forum of the United Nations.


The mandate of the UNSCN is to promote cooperation among UN agencies and partner organizations in support of community, national, regional, and international efforts to end malnutrition in all of its forms in this generation. It will do this by refining the direction, increasing the scale and strengthening the coherence and impact of actions against malnutrition world wide, and raise awareness of nutrition problems and mobilize commitment to solve them at global, regional and national levels. Read more

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Launch of the HLPE Report on Water for Food Security and Nutrition - 15 May 2015


Water is key to human life. It is key to human food security and nutrition. Safe drinking water and sanitation are fundamental to the good nutrition, health and dignity of all. According to the latest estimates by WHO/UNICEF, in 2011, 36 per cent of the world's population - 2.5 billion people - lacked improved sanitation facilities, and 768 million people had to rely on unsafe drinking water sources. Safeguarding water for the dignity, health, food and nutrition security of everyone on the planet is one of the biggest challenges that humanity currently faces. It is a fundamental dimension of the sustainable development agenda. This report provides recommendations to help policy makers and actors around nutrition, food security, agriculture, water and all concerned sectors worldwide to overcome this challenge.

The HLPE is pleased to announce that the official launch of its 9th report: Water for food security and nutrition, will take place Friday 15 May 2015 in FAO in Rome.  

Download the Summary and Recommendations of the report here

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Global Nutrition Report 2014


The first-ever Global Nutrition Report provides a comprehensive narrative and analysis on the state of the world's nutrition in all its forms. To download, click here.

The Global Nutrition Report convenes existing processes, highlights progress in combating malnutrition, identifies gaps and proposes ways to fill them. At its core, the Report aims to empower nutrition champions at the national level to better inform policy decisions and to strengthen the case for increased resources. The Report also provides civil society organisations (CSOs), donors, governments, the business sector, researchers, the media and engaged citizens with evidence of the current scale of malnutrition, the measures being taken to combat it, as well as highlighting what more needs to be done. 

 The Report aims to guide action, build accountability and spark increased commitment for further progress towards reducing malnutrition much faster. 

The inaugural Global Nutrition Report will be launched officially on November 20th, 2014 at the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) in Rome, alongside the 2014 Global Hunger Index. The event will showcase the main findings of the Global Nutrition Report and highlight key data on the state of the world's nutrition. During the ICN2 side-event, the Report's findings will be reflected upon by members of government, donor agencies, academia and civil society.



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The State of Food and Agriculture 2014 is released!


The new released report "The State of Food and Agriculture 2014: Innovation in family farming" analyses family farms and the role of innovation in ensuring global food security, poverty reduction and environmental sustainability. It argues that family farms must be supported to innovate in ways that promote sustainable intensification of production and improvements in rural livelihoods.

The report states the need for family farms to ensure global food security, to care for and protect the natural environment and to end poverty, undernourishment and malnutrition. Goals can be thoroughly achieved if public policies support family farms to become more productive and sustainable; in other words policies must support family farms to innovate within a system that recognizes their diversity and the complexity of the challenges faced.


For more information contact: esa-publications@fao.org


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2014 Global Hunger Index Launched


The 2014 Global Hunger Index (GHI) report which has just been released on the 13th of October 2014, states that ending hunger in all its forms is possible and that it must now become a reality. 

The report indicates that the overall state of hunger in developing countries has improved since 1990, falling by 39 percent, according to the 2014 GHI. Despite progress made, the level of hunger in the world is still "serious," with 805 million people continuing to go hungry, according to estimates by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 

The report brings new insights to the global debate on where to focus efforts in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. The global average obscures dramatic differences across regions and countries. Regionally, the highest GHI scores-and therefore the highest hunger levels-are in Africa south of the Sahara and South Asia, which have also experienced the greatest absolute improvements since 2005. South Asia saw the steepest absolute decline in GHI scores since 1990. Progress in addressing child underweight was the main factor behind the improved GHI score for the region since 1990. The report provides more insight on countries' progress and levels of hunger.

The 2014 GHI report reflects on the hidden hunger problem-also called micronutrient deficiencies-. This shortage in essential vitamins and minerals can have long-term, irreversible health effects as well as socioeconomic consequences that can erode a person's well-being and development. The report then offers possible solutions to hidden hunger including: long term food-based approaches: dietary diversification, fortification of commercial foods; and bio fortification. Short term, vitamin and mineral supplements can help vulnerable populations combat hidden hunger. Along with these solutions, behavioural change communication is critical to educate people about health services, sanitation and hygiene, and caring practices, as well as the need for greater empowerment of women at all levels. Moreover, governments must demonstrate political commitment to prioritize the fight against malnutrition. Governments and multilateral institutions need to invest in and develop human and financial resources, increase coordination, and ensure transparent monitoring and evaluation to build capacity on nutrition; governments must also create a regulatory environment that values good nutrition. This could involve creating incentives for private sector companies to develop more nutritious seeds or foods.

Overall, transparent accountability systems are needed in order to ensure that investments contribute to public health, while standardized data collection on micronutrient deficiencies can build the evidence base on the efficacy and cost effectiveness of food-based solutions. These and other recommendations set out in this report are some of the steps needed to eliminate hidden hunger. To start reading, click here. 


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Vacancy: Two technical positions with SPRING


SPRING is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide state-of-the-art technical support and facilitate country-led, regional, and global programs to improve the nutritional status of women and children. The SPRING implementation team consists of JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., Helen Keller International (HKI), The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Save the Children (SC), and The Manoff Group (TMG).

SPRING has two vacancies:

Nutrition and SBCC Technical Advisor (closes 15 May 2015) - for more details, click here.
Food Security and Nutrition Advisor (closes 28 May 2015) - for more details, click here.


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Save the Children's 16th State of the World's Mothers Report


Save the Children's annual State of the World's Mothers Report shines a light on the most challenging issues facing mothers and children. It includes the Mothers' Index which shows where mothers and children fare best and where they face the greatest risks.

This year's report, Save the Children's 16th State of the World's Mothers Report, focuses on one group of vulnerable children who urgently need more attention - those living in urban poverty. Over half of the world's population lives in urban areas, with over 860 million people living in urban slums. The report calls for increased attention to the health of the urban poor and to also close the equity gaps between the rich and poor if the world is to achieve the ambitious goal of ending preventable child deaths. 

To view the full report, please click on View announcement below.
 


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