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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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SCN News 40: Changing Food Systems for Better Nutrition

With growing attention to nutrition-agriculture linkages, understanding how to create nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food systems is an essential task for the future. This edition of SCN News, entitled, ‘Changing Food Systems for Better Nutrition' provides an overview and insights on how to change food systems for better nutrition. 
This edition feature papers looking at what is going on now in terms of programming and policies, and also papers considering how to accomplish change. The case studies provide concrete examples of how countries and cities are integrating agriculture and nutrition.

This edition also contains an interview with Alan Berg, one of the nutrition pioneers, and provides an enlightening testimony of an individual's efforts to bring nutrition and agriculture together. It also tells the story of a nutritionist winning a Grammy Award.

Access the complete SCN News 40 now and happy reading !!

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Briefing Paper: Impact of climate change on hunger and under-nutrition

Action Contre la Faim (ACF) has recently released a briefing paper on the impact of climate change on hunger and under-nutrition. Even in the most optimistic global warming scenario, the effects of climate change on under-nutrition would be devastating, and would undermine current efforts to reduce hunger and ensure good nutrition. Despite the obvious critical situation and strong interconnection, food and nutrition security is still markedly absent in climate change negotiations. 

ACF calls on climate negotiators, governments and donors to focus their attention on the consequences of climate change on under-nutrition, and commit urgently to help the most vulnerable to adapt to an increasingly unpredictable climate and world. Bold and immediate actions are required to address the causes of climate change and the adverse consequences of climate change on hunger and under-nutrition should be recognized when sealing a crucial international agreement.

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Home Fortification Network (HF Network): An online community of practice

The Home Fortification Network (HF Network) is an emerging community of practice created to connect home fortification programme implementers and to provide practical and technical guidance. 

Interested partners are invited to join the HF Network, and set up a user account. Once registered you can post your questions or comments and share your experiences, and participate in more discussions facilitated by implementers in the field. This is an open forum and all interested individuals are welcomed to champion this forum.

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The State of the World’s Children 2014

UNICEF just released their flagship report, The State of the World's Children 2014 in Numbers. The report titled, Every Child Counts: Revealing disparities, advancing children's rights highlights the importance of data in making progress for children and exposing the unequal access to services and protections that mars the lives of so many.

The statistics in the report bear witness to ongoing violations of children's rights. It adds that innovations in data collection, analysis and dissemination are making it possible to disaggregate data by such factors as location, wealth, sex, and ethnic or disability status, to include children who have been excluded or overlooked by broad averages. The report urges increased investment in innovations that right the wrong of exclusion.

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Conference: Bridging Discovery and Delivery, Micronutrient Forum Global Conference, 2-6 June 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

This global conference marks the revival of the Micronutrient Forum and brings together people from a wide array of sectors, including nutrition, health, agriculture, social protection, food security, the private sector and their spheres of influence. As a united force, these key players will have the right conversations, collaborate, and translate best new research and program practices to on-the-ground action.
The theme of the Micronutrient Forum Global Conference in 2014 is ‘building bridges' - with an emphasis on bridging scientific advances and multi-sectoral programming needs to ensure adequate micronutrient intake and status across the life cycle.

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Conference: The UN Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food - EU5P: a conference, a project and a process

On 8-9 May 2014, Olivier De Schutter will convene the Francqui international conference on "Europe's Fifth Project" (EU5P), bringing together experts, policymakers and civil society representatives to discuss how the EU could develop transitional governance tools in the service of moving towards sustainable societies.

He launched the process on November 2013 explaining: "We have entered a race against time to mitigate the ecological damage our pattern of growth has caused and to build more inclusive societies in a globalized economy. We need alternatives to GDP growth as the goal of public policy, and we need alternatives to work and wealth accumulation as the driving forces in our lives. A genuine transition in the way we live is the only true path to sustainability."

"But it must be accompanied by a transition in the way we govern. We need tools to promote local social experimentation, and we need a new mode of governance that allows us to adapt to a complex and fast-changing environment, that harnesses the EU's diversity, and ceases to prescribe policy from the top down. This is Europe's fifth project."
A process now begins to gather the ideas that can underpin the transition to sustainable societies in Europe. On the EU5P homepage, contributions from leading experts will be published, and a consultation will be launched to invite public contributions to the debate. Those interested in attending or merely following the process are invited to sign up to the EU5P newsletter via the EU5P homepage.Find out more about EU5P.

Read Olivier De Schutter's op ed in New Europe: Back to growth, or forward to sustainability?

EU5P, the Francqui International Conference 2014, is organized with the support of the Francqui Prize. The most prestigious scientific prize in Belgium, the Francqui Prize is awarded by the Francqui Foundation every three years in the field of the social sciences and the humanities. It was awarded to professor Olivier De Schutter in 2013 for his contributions to the advancement of EU law, the theory of governance, and human rights law.

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Conference: Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security, 15-17 May 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and its 2020 Vision Initiative, along with partners, are organizing an international conference as the centerpiece of a two-year consultative process that will address a number of key questions. 

The conference will bring together policymakers, development practitioners, donors, and other experts to

  • Evaluate emerging shocks that pose significant threats to food and nutrition security.
  • Assess experiences and draw lessons for using programs, policies, institutions, and investments to build resilience.
  • Determine key approaches and tools for building resilience to shocks of varying levels.
  • Identify knowledge and action gaps in research, policy, and programming.
  • Set priorities for action by different actors and in different regions.

For more details, click here.

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New guidelines for treating severe acute child malnutrition, 2013

19 million children younger than 5 years had severe acute malnutrition (SAM) worldwide in 2011, most of whom lived in Africa and southeast Asia. Furthermore, more than 7% of all deaths in this age group were attributable to this disorder. These shocking numbers-calculated as part of the 2013 Lancet Series on Maternal and Child Nutrition highlight how seriously the global problem of SAM should be taken.

World Health Organization (WHO) has just released new treatment guidelines for severe acute malnutrition in children under-five. Almost 20 million children worldwide have severe acute malnutrition and are considered as the most vulnerable population.

"The guidelines are critical because many national health plans currently overlook children with severe acute malnutrition. This can be fatal. If these children don't get the right medical and nutritional care, very often they die," says Dr Francesco Branca, Director of WHO's Department of Nutrition for Health and Development.

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New Policy Brief: Food, Diet, Nutrition and Non-Communicable Diseases

The World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF) and the NCD Alliance have launched their new policy brief: Food, Diet, Nutrition and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). The brief sets out the key reasons why NCDs should be considered in policies to address global nutritional challenges. It summarises the state-of-the-art-science on the connections between nutrition and NCDs and provides recommendations for priority actions by international agencies, governments, donors and research funders, civil society and researchers.

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Training: Transforming Nutrition: Ideas, Policy and Outcomes, 14 - 18 July 2014, Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK

The Transforming Nutrition Summer School at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is hosting this professional short course for the third consecutive year. This 5 day course is designed for both for policy makers and practitioners to participate with new ways of thinking about undernutrition and the required efforts to take action.

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