Innovation and technology are critical tools in achieving FAO’s vision of a world free from hunger and malnutrition, Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo said in an address to the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Science and Technology atthe International Atomic Energy Agency.

28-30 November 2018 - Bangkok, Thailand

Improving food security and nutrition is critical to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but the world is not on track to end hunger and malnutrition by 2030. How can we accelerate progress in transforming our agri-food systems to meet the needs of the hungry and malnourished?

To answer this question, IFPRI and the FAO are organizing a global event on Accelerating the End of Hunger and Malnutrition on 28-30 November 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. The event will share evidence and lessons learned from around the world on food system transformation for reducing hunger and malnutrition; explore innovations to build further momentum and accelerate progress; and identify opportunities for scaling up successful actions. For more information, please go to the conference website.

On 28 November, UNSCN and the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) will host the side event Assessing Food Systems For Better Nutrition: Towards The Preparation Of The CFS Voluntary Guidelines see flyer. By way of background, the CFS has decided to develop Voluntary Guidelines (VGs) on Food Systems and Nutrition. The aim of these VGs is to offer recommendations to shape sustainable food systems for healthy diets, to counter policy fragmentation and to consider different typologies of food systems. The objective of this side event is to collect initial ideas to help shape the VGs. Panelists will provide in-depth views about food systems and assess their impact on nutrition.

Also noteworthy during this conference, the Global Nutrition Report team will also host the side-event Shining a Light on Transformative Action: Regional Perspectives to launch its annual publication. The 2018 report reviews existing processes, highlights progress in combating malnutrition, identifies challenges and proposes ways to solve them. Through this, the report guides action, builds accountability and sparks increased commitment to furthering the progress that can reduce malnutrition much faster. Shining a Light on Transformative Action: Regional Perspectives will bring together a panel of experts to discuss the critical steps needed to speed up progress on tackling malnutrition in all its forms. It will seek to engage regional perspectives on action on nutrition and highlight what should be done to facilitate further change. All welcome with free registration in advance.

Child stunting is a major problem and nearly two billion still suffer from hidden hunger or a deficiency of important nutrients. This also includes people who are overweight or obese," said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva in a video message to the confrence.
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