Rural and Urban transformation

Now more than half of the global population lives in cities which are therefore hosting more poor.

Urban households essentially depend on food purchases and the volatility of food prices makes it difficult for poor urban households and particularly those headed by women to adjust. Climate change undermines current efforts to reduce hunger and the frequency of natural disasters escalates. Growing urban populations increase vulnerability and the risk of humanitarian crises. All countries, high as well as low- and middle-income countries, are experiencing all forms of malnutrition which are rooted in poverty and inequality: a dietary transition from local diets to increased consumption of processed foods high in fat, sugar and salt and low in fiber combined with more sedentary lifestyles and little space for physical activity creates the “perfect storm” for noncommunicable diseases like heart disease, diabetes and certain forms of cancer. Vulnerable households require social protection, adult education including nutrition education and legal protection to realize and protect optimal nutrition. As cities expand, so does the length of the rural-urban food supply chain which increases food losses and negatively affects safety and quality of the food products.

A wide variety of local innovative initiatives is taking place, both in LMIC as in wealthy nations. But cities need to be empowered to do more, better and now.

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Food Systems and diets: Facing the challenge of the 21st century

30/09/2016 - Food systems and diets: Facing the challenges of the 21st century, published by the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, uses modelling and trend analysis to describe how diets [...]

Milan Urban Food Policy Pact

01/10/2015 - Cities host over half the world’s population and have a strategic role to play in developing sustainable food systems and promoting healthy diets. While every city is different, they are all [...]

Nutrition security of urban populations: A call for attention and joint action by UNSCN

01/12/2012 - In the 2012 UNSCN Statement Nutrition Security of Urban Populations, UNSCN calls for increased attention, awareness and research on urban nutrition as well as for an effective engagement and [...]

Scaling Up in Agriculture, Rural Development and Nutrition

20/07/2012 - As governments, donors, and other key actors deepen their commitments to improve food security and reduce poverty, they are increasingly focusing on how successful development interventions can be [...]

SCN Networking Event - Nutrition in urban areas

25/03/2010 - SCN Networking Event in Rio de Janeiro on 25 March 2010 The impact of the food and financial crisis on nutrition in urban areas presented by Florence Egal - Presentation The challenge of the double [...]

The double burden of malnutrition - A challenge for cities worldwide

01/06/2006 - Third World Urban Forum – Vancouver 19-23 June 2006SCN Statement [...]

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UNSCN Discussion Paper - By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition and leave no one behind The paper aims to present the centrality of nutrition in the current sustainable development agenda. It provides an overview of the numerous and inter-related nutrition targets that have been…
UNSCN Discussion Paper - Global Governance for Nutrition and the role of UNSCN This paper aims to describe the current nutrition architecture and provides a detailed overview of the main nutrition actors and their mandate. It highlights the role of UNSCN in the architecture…
UNSCN Discussion Paper - Impact Assessment of Policies to support Healthy Food Environments and Healthy Diets Outcomes and processes for accountability are sorely needed for assessing the impact of food systems policies on nutrition. The Framework for Action includes an adopted set of recommendations on…
UNSCN Discussion Paper - Investments for Healthy Food Systems In the ICN2 Rome Declaration Commitment 15, Member States committed to ‘increase investments for effective interventions and actions to improve people's diets and nutrition, including in…
UNSCN Discussion Paper - Enhancing Coherence between Trade Policy and Nutrition Action In Commitment 11 of the ICN2 Rome Declaration, Member States ‘acknowledge that trade is a key element in achieving food security and nutrition and that trade policies are to be conducive to…