All children have the right to adequate nutrition and good health to reach their full potential within their cities and communities. Urban food environments need to provide children, their families and communities with permanent access to nutritious food that is healthy, affordable and sustainably produced.

Together, EAT and UNICEF are seeking to improve urban food environments for healthy and sustainable diets among children and adolescents, to the benefit of entire communities. The content in this brochure highlights the vital elements of a child rights approach3 to creating healthy food environments that are so important to securing healthy diets for all, now and in the future.

 

Date posted: 12.12.2019
Applications Due: 05.01.2019
Work location: Oslo, Norway
Job function: Policy
Job type: 12 months with possibility of extension

 

Amongst other responsibilities, the successful candidate will co-ordinate EAT’s collaboration with UNICEF called Children Eating Well (CHEW). Through research, programs and advocacy, CHEW aims to transform food systems so that every child has access to sustainably produced and nutritious food, with a particular focus on shaping food environments. Find out more here. 

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

You can access your copy here.

The fourth issue for 2019 includes:

  • Update on the Mid-term Review of the Nutrition Decade
  • UN Highlights from the SUN Global Gathering
  • Food Systems Updates
  • Urban-Rural Linkages & Nutrition
  • UNN-REACH Facilitator as Knowledge Broker
  • Nutrition at the CFS46
  • Putting the Spotlight on School Feeding
  • Madagascar Mapping Exercise
  • Global Nutrition Report Country Profiles
  • Latest Publications and Nutrition Related Events

 Sign up for UNSCN E-Alerts and E-Newsletters here.

 

Photo Credit: ©FAO Andrew Eseibo

 

Symposium proceedings from the recent IAEA-UNICEF-WHO Symposium on the Double Burden of Malnutrition (DBM) have now been published. The symposium took place in Vienna, Austria from December 10-13th and aimed to strengthen understanding of how to tackle the DBM by sharing recent research findings as well as experiences with the implementation of relevant interventions, programmes and policies.

 

 

Particular focus was given to the role of stable isotopes in addressing gaps both in the measurement of malnutrition and in assessing the impact of interventions. The symposium also promoted double-duty actions, new assessment tools, considerations for policies and action plans to support Member States in achieving their defined nutrition commitments within the Nutrition Decade.

You can access all conference materials – including pictures and presentations at the IAEA’s Human Health Campus. This includes poster presentations and media features.

The Lancet series on the Double Burden of Malnutrition is now available. The double burden of malnutrition is the coexistence of overnutrition (overweight and obesity) alongside undernutrition (stunting and wasting), at all levels of the population—country, city, community, household, and individual.

This four paper Series explores how this coexistence is affecting low-income and middle-income countries. Malnutrition in its many forms has previously been understood and approached as a separate public health issue, but the new emergent reality is that undernutrition and overnutrition are interconnected and, therefore, double-duty actions that simultaneously address more than one dimension must be implemented for policy solutions to be effective. In addition to policy recommendations, the Series includes a focus on both historical and biological contexts, and new economic analysis.

 

UNSCN was pleased to join 18 other experts from leading organisations in the call for new stakeholders to join the nutrition manifesto. Recognizing that in the Nutrition Decade a new global nutrition movement is emerging that needs to take the lead in demanding food systems change.

Summary brochure and policy brief

Expert Commentary

A new nutrition manifesto for a new nutrition reality

Francesco Branca, Alessandro Demaio, Emorn Udomkesmalee, Phillip Baker, Victor M Aguayo,Simon Barquera, Katie Dain, Lindsay Keir, Anna Lartey, Gladys Mugambi, Stineke Oenema, Ellen Piwoz, Ruth Richardson, Sudhvir Singh, Lucy Sullivan, Gerda Verburg, Patrizia Fracassi, Lina Mahy, Lynnette M Neufeld

 Series papers

1) Dynamics of the double burden of malnutrition and the changing nutrition reality

Barry M Popkin, Camila Corvalan, Laurence M Grummer-Strawn

2) The double burden of malnutrition: aetiological pathways and consequences for health

Jonathan C Wells, Ana Lydia Sawaya, Rasmus Wibaek, Martha Mwangome, Marios S Poullas, Chittaranjan S Yajnik, Alessandro Demaio

3) Double-duty actions: seizing programme and policy opportunities to address malnutrition in all its forms

Corinna Hawkes, Marie T Ruel, Leah Salm, Bryony Sinclair, Francesco Branca

4) Economic effects of the double burden of malnutrition

Rachel Nugent, Carol Levin, Jessica Hale, Brian Hutchinson

 

26 November 2019 from 15:00 to 16:00 CEST ( 09:00-10:00 EDT)

On Tuesday November 26th the Accelerated Reduction Effort on Anaemia (AREA) Community of Practice (CoP) is hosting the webinar: Simultaneous implementation of interventions to prevent anaemia. Are there any risks?

The webinar will explore this topic through a discussion with Professor Stanley Zlotkin and Dr Reina Engle-Stone.

More information can be found at the WHO Nutrition website here

Registration can be found here

Simultaneous implementation of interventions to prevent anaemia. Are there any risks?

Nutritional anaemias co-occur in various population groups. Thus, it is desirable to implement a combination of essential nutrition actions to address this public health problem, but it may lead to potentially excessive intakes of one or more micronutrients. This is especially relevant in settings where multiple stakeholders work to deliver public health interventions such as fortification of staple foods, biofortification and iron supplementation.

The excessive consumption of iron could have harmful consequences on the health and development of individuals and populations. They range from mild gastrointestinal side effects to increased risk of preterm delivery.

As interventions to reduce anaemia scale-up, several questions arise: Are the safety concerns justified? Is it possible to estimate the risks of delivering multiple interventions? If so, how?

Join the webinar to discuss this topic by registering here. You can also register to become a member of the AREA CoP, by clicking on the following link:

The Community of Practice (CoP) aims to support members of the global community dedicated to improving and scaling up existing methods and strategies for anaemia reduction in a holistic and cohesive manner; to build consensus for engagement in AREA at the global, regional and national level and commit to the achievement of the Global Nutrition Targets 2025 endorsed by the 65th World Health Assembly.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 
12:15 pm to 1:45 pm (EDT)
IFPRI, Washington, D.C. 

Food systems in developing countries are undergoing a rapid transformation shaped by global and regional events. But country actions will be critical in shaping future food system outcomes. 

Some countries are taking a systemic approach to assessing and acting on food system transformation—considering consumption and food environments, food supply and sustainability, health, and socioeconomic outcomes.

This seminar will introduce this approach, and representatives from Nigeria and Viet Nam will discuss the challenges, opportunities, and trade-offs they encounter in enabling food system actors in their countries. A panel will share insights into how food systems can develop in a healthy, sustainable, and equitable way.

Live webcast and post-event viewing available here.

Register here

11-22 November 2019
Chile

We will update this page as more information becomes available.

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 Nutrition in Protracted Crises (CFS-FFA). This survey complements an earlier call for inputs issued in March 2019 and will contribute to monitoring progress on the use and application of the CFS-FFA, both from a qualitative and quantitative perspective.

The survey is available in English, French and Spanish and you are welcome to provide your answers in any of the six UN languages. Deadline is the 31 March 2020.

For additional information, please contact CFS@fao.org

Open until 30 January 2020

SUBMIT HERE

UNSCN Nutrition is the peer-reviewed journal published by the UNSCN. The 45th edition, published in 2020 will focus on the theme ‘Nutrition in a Digital World’.

The Internet and other digital technologies have dramatically changed the world as we knew it just ten years ago. Information and data are being produced, shared, and consumed at prodigious rates, and people are connected in previously unthinkable ways. Digital economies are rapidly replacing traditional modes of production and exchange. Nutrition is no exception, with the proliferation of “food techs”, “agri techs”, “edu techs”, “fin techs” and even “gov techs” covering a broad spectrum of agriculture-, food systems- and nutrition-related activities. The potential benefits may be vast, and so may be the dangers. We are only now starting to grasp the scale of change this new digital world is bringing.

The benefit-risk duality can be exemplified with digital influence in food consumption. On one hand, educational games and web- or media-based digital nutrition education tools have shown potential to improve nutrition literacy and encourage healthier eating practices. On the other, digital marketing is shaping a digital food environment that promotes overconsumption of foods high in salt, sugar, unhealthy fats and additives, which is very challenging to address.

The reach and impacts of the digital world in nutrition, however, go far beyond demand side and food consumption issues. Digital processes and technologies are reshaping almost every industry and human activity, and the implications of such changes for health and nutrition are not yet sufficiently investigated, let alone understood. Increasing digital competence, overcoming the digital divide generated by inequalities, as well as the impacts of automation on the job market, have become major development challenges. The digital world potentially affects not only underlying and immediate causes of malnutrition in all its forms, but also its root causes, and our ability to address them.

The UNSCN Nutrition 45 aims at better documenting and sharing experiences, enhancing knowledge and promoting the debate on potential positive and adverse impacts of innovative digital technologies in people’s nutrition. It is also expected that it will contribute to the ongoing debate on establishing an international Digital Council for Food and Agriculture that will advise governments and other relevant actors, drive the exchange of ideas and experiences, foster innovation and help harness the opportunities presented by digitalization.

There is an intrinsic complexity in the digital world given its fluidity and speed of change that makes it difficult to grasp in its full extension and potential. This Call for Contributions welcomes conceptual thinking and academically rigorous examples of how the digital world is affecting people’s nutrition along, but not limited to, the following perspectives: 

  • What are examples of use of digital technologies that are changing nutrition action and food systems for more sustainability and improved nutrition?

  • What are some specific examples on how digital technologies are changing food environments for the good or for the bad? How can the potential of digital technologies be leveraged to improve food environments?

  • What has been the impact of digital technologies on food literacy and consumption practices? What examples are there of digital literacy and training on food and nutrition issues?

  • How do digital technologies influence the quality and accuracy of available nutrition information? How can we best communicate nutrition in the post-truth age where there is an overload of information from multiple and varied sources?

  • How is digital technology changing our relationship with food and affecting food cultures and traditions around the world?

  • How are digital technologies affecting food production, biodiversity, food transformation and food distribution?

  • How does digital technologies impact inequalities? Are they deepening the divide? Or, are they expanding access to information, goods and services?

  • What is the potential of digital technologies in addressing the root causes of malnutrition in all its forms?

  • Are digital technologies facilitating the design and implementation of nutrition-related activities within new development paradigms, such as shared and participatory economies?

  • Are digital technologies influencing financial investments in nutrition? What are the modalities?

  • What does innovation in nutrition look like, especially in low- and middle-income countries?

Contributions can be submitted on the following categories:*
 
Feature articles: 3,000 word articles related to the general topic of the publication. The articles will be submitted to peer review and can include conceptual contributions, original research or practical examples.
   
Speaker's Corner: 1,500 word articles with the authors’ views regarding the perspectives listed above. The section sometimes features a counterpoint by another author holding an opposite opinion to stimulate debate.
 
Publications: 200 word notes on recent publications of relevance to global nutrition, including manuals, tools and guidelines that are usually not found in regular bookstores. We welcome publications related to the overall topic of this issue of UNSCN Nutrition but not limited to it.
 
*Please note that at the Secretariat’s discretion, contributions that promote commercial digital products will be considered unsuitable for publication in this issue.
 
On-line submission:
 
Please submit your contributions by using the UNSCN Publications and Events Manager here. If you encounter difficulties in using the system, please inform the UNSCN Secretariat by sending an email to SCN@fao.org with the title “Publications and Events Manager malfunction”. You will then be assisted in using the system.
 
 
For editorial information, please refer to the UNSCN Nutrition Guidelines for Contributors available here.