Nutrition and crises

It is recognized that the forms and severity of malnutrition differ according to contexts; in particular, emergency and fragile situations require specific attention.

Hunger and malnutrition are key concerns for refugees and displaced populations, representing currently around 40 million people worldwide, many of whom  - infants,  children, adolescents, adults and older people - suffer from one or more  forms of malnutrition. Displacement itself can lead to food insecurity, as the journey is often long, difficult and expensive. Families left behind not only lose a source of income but may also incur debt to facilitate the onward journey of relatives.

The most commonly recognized micronutrient deficiencies across all ages are caused by a lack of iron, zinc, vitamin A and iodine. Although pregnant women, children, and adolescents are often cited as populations affected the most by hidden hunger, it impairs the health of people throughout the life cycle. The levels of malnutrition in emergencies depend on factors such as the degree of civil security, food availability and accessibility, access to health services, and adequacy of assistance delivery.

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Webinar: Strengthening Food Systems in Fragile Contexts

03/08/2020 - Monday August 3rd, 2020 - 2.00PM CEST/1.00PM BST/08.00 US EST  To join the webinar please click here  The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition is pleased [...]

COVID-19 pandemic: The evolving impact on how people meet the food system

28/05/2020 - For more than two months now, the world has been living in semi-confinement and the world’s economy moving in slow motion due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Both the disease and the measures [...]

Global Report on Food Crises 2020

21/04/2020 - The Global Report on Food Crises is the result of a joint, consensus-based assessment of acute food insecurity situations around the world by 16 partner organizations. It is facilitated by the Food [...]

Global action plan on child wasting: a framework for action to accelerate progress in preventing and managing child wasting and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals

09/03/2020 - The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) incorporated the WHA targets to reduce the proportion of children suffering from wasting to <5% by 2025 and <3% by 2030.  Yet, since these targets [...]

Call for Inputs on the use and application of the CFS- Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises (CFS-FFA)

06/11/2019 - The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) has launched a survey to collect experiences and good practices in the use and application of the CFS Framework for Action for Food Security and [...]

Global Report on Food Crises 2019

02/04/2019 - Around 113 million people in 53 countries experienced acute food insecurity in 2018, compared to 124 million in 2017. However, the number of people in the world facing food crises has remained well [...]

Guidance Notes on Integration of Nutrition in the UN Development Framework and in Humanitarian Situations

22/08/2018 - Bridging the humanitarian-development divide is a vital necessity for combatting malnutrition and sustaining good nutrition outcomes in today’s world. According to the 2017 SOFI report, of the [...]

Reaching those left furthest behind: Addressing hunger and poverty in protracted crises

12/07/2017 - 12 July 2017, 13:15 - 14:30 EDT - United Nations HQ, Conference Room 6 (New York, USA) CFS side event at the 2017 High Level Political Forum (HLPF).Why are protracted crises situations [...]

Guidance Note for UN Humanitarian Coordinators: Integrated multi-sectoral nutrition actions - Nutrition Cluster

31/05/2017 - Integrated multi-sectoral nutrition actions to achieve global and national nutrition-related SDG targets, particularly in fragile and conflict-affected states Reaching the most vulnerable populations [...]

Nutrition in Protracted crisis – Breaking the vicious circle of malnutrition

16/12/2016 - Drawing on FAO technical experience, the guidance notes series supports implementation of the Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises (CFS-FFA), endorsed by the [...]

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UNSCN Discussion Paper - Water and Nutrition. Harmonizing actions for the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition and the UN Water Action Decade Progress for both SDG 2 and SDG 6 has been unsatisfactory, with several indicators worsening over time, including an increase in the number of undernourished, overweight and obese people, as well…
UNSCN Discussion Paper Urban-Rural Linkages for Nutrition. Territorial approaches for sustainable development The nutrition challenges facing the world of today are daunting. One out of three people suffers from at least one form of malnutrition, and current trends suggest this may increase in the coming…
UNSCN Brief “Non-communicable diseases, diets and nutrition” Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are now the leading cause of mortality worldwide; they are responsible for 70% of global deaths; equivalent to 40 million people. The health and economic repercussions…
Guidance Note on Integration of Nutrition in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (renamed Cooperation Framework) The purpose of this Guidance Note is to assist United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) with the integration of nutrition into the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework that…
UNSCN Discussion Paper - Schools as a System to Improve Nutrition Given the changing circumstances in the nutrition landscape, there is a need to reassess and reiterate the role of the schools in improving health and nutritional status of children. This discussion…