Entries by UNSCN Secretariat

Policy Brief launch “Preventing nutrient loss & waste across the food system”

7 November 2018, 14:00 – 17:00 (CET), FAO HQ, Rome (Italy) 

On 7 November 2018, the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition will launch its new policy brief: "Preventing nutrient loss and waste across the food system: Policy actions for high-quality diets".

This brief argues that a reduction in food loss and waste, particularly in high nutrient foods, has the potential to yield substantial nutritional benefits, contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, and the advancement of the Decade of Action on Nutrition. It also argues why addressing food waste and loss should be a new priority for improving nutrition.

On the panel:

  • Sir John Beddington, Co-Chair, Global Panel on Agriculture; and Food Systems for Nutrition.
  • Prof K. Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India; and Global Panel Member.
  • Rachel Kyte, CEO, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All); and Panel Member.
  • Prof Patrick Webb, Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy; and Director, USAID’s Feed the Future Nutrition Innovation Lab.

If you wish to attend in person, the registration is compulsory. Please REGISTER HERE. 

Alternatively, you can watch the event live from the FAO 

Nutrition News – November 2018

In an effort to present nutrition related news at the global and country level, UNSCN and the UNN Secretariats are teaming up to produce the first comprehensive overview of recent developments supported and/or coordinated by the UN system.

This first edition includes:

GLOBAL UPDATES

  • The Third High-level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of NCDs
  • Nutrition in the 2030 Agenda
  • Nutrition Outcomes from 45th Session of the Committee on World Food Security

COUNTRY UPDATES

  • Multi-sectoral nutrition mapping exercise in the Democratic Republic of Congo highlights opportunities for reaching more vulnerable people
  • Mapping exercise fuels multi-sectoral action to account for nutrition results in Mali
  • Lesotho bridging the gap for better nutrition capacity
  • ‘CAN’ helps sensitise the media about nutrition in Haiti

PUBLICATIONS and a CALENDAR OF NUTRITION RELATED EVENTS

You can access you copy here.

A4NH 2017 Annual Report

The CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) 2017 Annual Report report highlights the program's accomplishments and activities during the first year of its second phase.

Detailed in the report are research, events, and results from across A4NH's five research flagships and four focus countries, including:

An interactive version of the report is available, while the full report can be downloaded here.

UNICEF Programme Guidance for the Second Decade

UNICEF Programme Guidance for the Second Decade: Programming with and for Adolescents provides an overview of the strategic direction UNICEF will assume to advance children’s quality of life in the second decade of life.
 
The Guidance underscores the importance of adequate nutrition for optimal growth and development in adolescent girls and boys. It emphasizes the provision of nutrition counseling and services, the promotion of healthy and diversified diets - including fortified foods – and, where necessary, the use of micronutrient supplements.
 
The Guidance recognizes schools as a critical platform to deliver nutrition interventions and improve nutrition literacy, while acknowledging that school-based interventions need to be supported by community-based approaches and other delivery models, especially to reach out-of-school adolescents. Healthy eating and well-nourished bodies and brains are the foundation for improved learning outcomes and brighter futures, the core of the recently launched Generation Unlimited Partnership.
 
To complement this overarching Guidance, UNICEF will issue Programme Guidance on Adolescent Nutrition in early 2019 to detail the organization’s approach for the operationalization of evidence-based interventions to address all forms of malnutrition among adolescent boys and girls.

The Safe Food Imperative : Accelerating Progress in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Food safety hazards are increasingly being recognized as a major public health problem worldwide, yet among developing countries, there is limited understanding of the wider-ranging socio-economic costs of unsafe food and the benefits of remedial or preventative measures. This limited evidence base has led many countries to underinvest in food safety, or invest inefficiently in reaction to serious outbreaks of foodborne illness, other food scares, or trade interruptions. For many countries experiencing rapid urbanization and dietary changes, the growing complexity of food safety hazards is outpacing if not overwhelming prevailing food safety management capacity-both in government and in supply chains.

This report strengthens the economic case for increased public investment and other policy attention on food safety in developing countries. It is directed primarily at policy-makers, although researchers, development practitioners and food safety specialists will also find its content of value. By synthesizing and interpreting the available evidence on the economic costs of unsafe food in relation to both domestic markets and trade, the report positions food safety as an integral part of economic development and food system modernization. It goes on to provide guidance on ways in which public policy and investment can improve food safety awareness and behavior from farm to fork.

You can access the publication here.

Leaving no one behind – making the case for adolescent girls

22 - 23 October 2018
IFAD HQ, Rome (Italy)

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Save the Children Italy are hosting an international conference entitled “Leaving no one behind – making the case for adolescent girls”, which will be held on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 October 2018 at IFAD headquarters, Rome, Italy.

The conference will highlight the importance of investing in adolescents to ensure that they grow up and are educated in a healthy and safe environment to prevent the intergenerational cycle of malnutrition, food insecurity and poverty. 

The purpose of this event aims at sustaining on-going momentum of identifying solutions to break the intergenerational cycle of malnutrition, and to contribute to the achievement of the global nutrition goals and objectives of the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition.

Institutions, practitioners, technical specialists, academia and civil society organizations will join the conference and contribute to the debate.

World Food Day 2018 – Zero Hunger

World Food Day 2018 will mark the 73rd anniversary of FAO’s founding. One of the most celebrated days in the UN calendar, events organized by FAO country offices, governments, local authorities and other partners in over 130 countries across the world will call for increased action to achieve Zero Hunger.

The official World Food Day (WFD) ceremony on 16 October at FAO headquarters will be an opportunity for leaders and key global players in the drive to achieve Zero Hunger and eliminate malnutrition, to remind the world that Zero Hunger is still possible if we can come together and take account of lessons learned, best practices and all evidence available. The campaign will raise the alarm over recently increased hunger figures and call on countries and other stakeholders to get back on track.

Working for Zero Hunger

After a period of decline, world hunger is on the rise again. Today, over 815 million people are suffering chronic undernourishment, according to the latest FAO report. Conflict, extreme weather events linked to climate change, economic slowdown and rapidly increasing overweight and obesity levels are reversing progress made in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.

Now is the time to get back on track. The world can achieve Zero Hunger if we join forces across nations, continents, sectors and professions, and act on evidence.

Zero Hunger moves beyond conflict-resolution and economic growth, taking the long-term approach to build peaceful, inclusive societies.

The World Food Day is a chance to show our commitment to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 – to end hunger and malnutrition. 

Visit the World Food Day website for more information about events and activities.

45th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS)

15-20 October 2018, FAO, Rome, Italy

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is the foremost inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition for all. The CFS Plenary session is held annually and is the central body for decision-taking, debate, coordination, lesson-learning and convergence by all stakeholders at a global level on food security issues.

Useful information

A few of the nutrition relevant side events include:

Improving Food Security & Nutrition Through Innovative Fish-Based Agri-Food Solutions: event co-organised by the World Bank Group (WBG) and UNSCN on Wednesday 17 Oct 18.00 - 19.30 CET, Red Room, FAO HQ (Rome). See flyer and final report

Bringing policies to life. Translating global nutrition policy into country practice: event co-organised by the UN Network for SUN and UNSCN on Thursday 18 Oct 18.00 - 19.30 CET, Red Room, FAO HQ (Rome). See flyer and final report.

A full list of nutrition related side events is available below.

 

 

Home-Grown School Feeding Resource Framework

This Resource framework is intended as a guidance tool for stakeholders involved in programme design, implementation and monitoring of Home-Grown School Feeding Programmes and the related policy and institutional environment, including, inter alia: governments and development partners providing technical and financial assistance, as well as civil society, community based organisations and the private sector. It is a knowledge product that harmonizes the existing approaches and tools, and builds on the wealth of expertise and experience with home grown school feeding models i.e. those designed to provide children in schools with safe, diverse and nutritious food, sourced locally from smallholders, with multiple impacts on SDGs. This knowledge product contains a discussion of concepts, issues and experience , as well as other considerations and elements of relevance to home grown school feeding programmes. This lays the ground for a community of practice to support innovation and learning, as well as replication, adaptation and expansion of successful models of interventions, for impact at scale.

This publication is the result of a broad based collaborative effort initiated and coordinated by the World Food Programme. It is authored by a team composed of experts from Rome-based Agencies including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Food Programme and from other partners including the Global Child Nutrition Foundation, the Partnership for Child Development, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development and the World Food Programme Centre of Excellence in Brazil. It has benefited from comprehensive reviews and wide consultations among the partner organizations at global, regional and country level, as well as with experts and members of various governments and relevant stakeholders at several relevant venues for learning and policy dialogue.

The Home-Grown School Feeding Resource Framework is available here.