Friday 15 May at 15:00 CEST
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FAOUNEPICLEI, RUAF and Rikolto invite you to learn from the experience of 3 cities: New York City (USA), Kampala (Uganda) and Quito (Ecuador) in a webinar on Cities and Covid-19: Food access for vulnerable communities on Friday 15 May at 15:00 CEST.


  • Jamie Morrison, Strategic Programme Leader, Food Systems Programme, FAO
  • Kate MacKenzie, Director of the Mayor's Office of Food Policy, New York City
  • Esau Galukande, Deputy Director Production and Marketing, Kampala Capital City Authority
  • David Jácome Polit, Metropolitan Director of Resilience, Municipality of Quito

The webinar is part of a Series of webinars on the Food Systems Approach in Practice promoted by members of the One Planet Network Sustainable Food Systems Programme (SFS Programme), a global multi-stakeholder platform to support countries in the transition towards sustainable food systems.

For the first time since the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, UN and multilateral agencies from across health, education, agriculture, WASH, and social welfare sectors have come together to make a renewed commitment to school health and nutrition. The partnership, Stepping up effective school health and nutrition aims to advance the health and nutrition of school-aged children and adolescents, so they are ready to learn and thrive, and can contribute meaningfully to the future of their communities and countries.

The joint call for action comes as the COVID-19 pandemic pushes 90% of the world’s student population out of school and brings to light the important role schools play in protecting the health and well-being of learners. Millions of children are now missing the one nutritious meal a day they received through school feeding programmes. Millions more can no longer access the basic health services and critical health education provided in schools across the world.

Through united action, the partnership, which includes FAO, GPE, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNSCN, the World Bank, WFP, and WHO, invites governments and other partners to join them in renewing their own commitments to school health and nutrition and to increase and better align investments and efforts to  bring proven interventions to scale and respond to children’s learning and growth needs holistically, and ultimately build the human capital of countries.

The 2020 Global Nutrition Report looks beyond global and national patterns, revealing significant inequalities in nutrition outcomes within countries and populations. Based on the best-available data, in-depth analysis and expert opinion rooted in evidence, the report identifies critical actions to achieve nutrition equity. Everyone deserves access to healthy, affordable food and quality nutrition care.


Executive Summary

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Tuesday 12 May, 1−2:15pm BST | 5:30−6:45pm IST | 8−9:15am EDT

As ever, the 2020 GNR presents the most comprehensive picture of the state of nutrition at the global, regional and country level, and tracks progress against global nutrition targets and the commitments made to reach them. Uniquely, the 2020 report focuses on equity and unpacks the role of inequities in tackling malnutrition. It does this in recognition of the ways in which malnutrition affects different people in different ways, depending on factors such as income, location, sex and age. Through this lens, the 2020 GNR reveals the challenges and opportunities for improving nutrition outcomes through food and health systems, supported by strong financing and accountability.

The online launch will provide the opportunity to present the key findings of the 2020 GNR and reflect on the current crisis and its impact on a world already affected by the double burden of malnutrition. India is a country that knows all too well the impact of inequities on nutrition. Yet despite facing multiple burdens, it continues to strive towards progress and an India free from all forms of malnutrition. Building on India’s commitment to improve nutrition outcomes, and in collaboration with TINI, the 2020 GNR will provide an overview of the global burden of malnutrition while also shining a light on examples of progress and pinpointing where action is urgently needed.

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Thursday, May 7 at 9:00AM EDT

With over 1.5 billion learners affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, many countries are struggling to ensure children continue to receive a nutritious meal. Join the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) for a series of interactive webinars for government officials and their implementing partners to discuss strategies for addressing school meal program disruptions in the short-term, how they’ll continue in the future, how to re-start programs, and more.

The first webinar of the series will be held on Thursday, May 7 at 9:00AM EDT.  
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Webinar 1: How partners are safely getting food to school-age children and their families
Through this session, GCNF will highlight what other partners are doing in this space to ensure governments avoid reinventing the wheel and can quickly adapt practices to local context.
  • Carmen Burbano, WFP Director of the School Feeding Division
  • Rafael Fábrega, Tetra Laval Director of Food for Development
  • Cindy Long, USDA FNS Deputy Administrator of Child Nutrition Programs
  • Daniel Mumuni, CRS Sierra Leone Chief of Party
Moderated by Alesha Black Miller, Nonresident Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture Program, Chicago Council for Global Affairs

Deadline for submission: 20 June 2020


The Department of Nutrition and Food Safety (NFS) established the WHO Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group (NUGAG) Subgroup on Policy Actions in 2018 to support WHO’s work in developing evidence-informed guidance on effective policy measures to support Member States in developing enabling food environment to promote healthy diets and good nutrition.


At a meeting convened in Qingdao, China from 09 to 13 December 2019, the NUGAG Subgroup on Policy Actions initiated the work on developing guidelines for school food and nutrition policies.

To inform the work of the NUGAG Subgroup on Policy Actions, a systematic review is currently being conducted on the effects of policies or interventions that influence the school food environment.

Call for data

To complement published data that are being identified via systematic searching of relevant scientific literature databases, WHO is requesting interested Member States and other parties to submit available evidence reviews for effects of policies or interventions that influence the school food environment, including grey literature or studies. Evidence must be for implemented policies or interventions that influenced or changed the school food environment, which could include:

  • Nutrition standards or rules that determine the quality of food served or sold in and around schools
  • Marketing restrictions of unhealthy food and non-alcoholic beverages (FNABs) in and around schools
  • Nudging interventions promoting healthy food behaviour in the school environment (e.g. product placement)
  • Pricing policies to promote healthier alternatives (e.g. subsidies of healthy foods; higher cost of unhealthy options)
  • Direct food provision to students in schools (e.g. meal programmes; vegetable and fruit distribution)

Data and information being sought include evaluations of implemented policies or interventions, and that report on one or more of the following outcomes:

  • Consumption of healthy FNAB in school, out of school or overall (e.g. fruits and vegetables)
  • Consumption of discretionary FNAB in school, out of school or overall (e.g. sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs)
  • Diet (energy, total food and/or nutrient intake, nutritional quality)
  • Purchasing behaviour or sales data
  • Nutrient and calorie content of available foods
  • Exposure to marketing of FNAB, when relevant
  • Anthropometric outcomes (BMI, weight/height, height/age, etc.)
  • Behaviours related to healthy dietary habits
  • Educational outcomes (school absenteeism, educational attainment, school achievement)
  • Micronutrient status
  • Prices of available foods
  • Portion sizes served or sold
  • Attitudes towards food
  • Blood glucose, Blood lipids (TC, LDL-C, HDL-C, TG), Blood pressure
  • Morbidity (e.g. caries)


Acceptable types of studies include, but are not limited to:

  • Randomized controlled trials
  • Cluster randomized controlled trials
  • Controlled before-after studies
  • Interrupted time-series studies (uncontrolled or controlled with at least three data points before and after a clearly defined intervention (in terms of content and timing).
  • Prospective controlled cohort studies
  • Qualitative studies, process evaluations or policy analyses may also be submitted

When submitting data, please provide as much analytical and descriptive information as possible, including the following:

  • Identity and affiliation of the author(s) of the evaluation/analysis
  • Date of evaluation/analysis
  • Characteristics of the population (e.g. age-group, sample size, setting)
  • Description of the policy intervention (e.g. mandatory vs voluntary, national or subnational)
  • Detailed description of methodologies
  • Outcomes assessed

If submitting an evaluation or analysis that has been published in a peer-reviewed journal, please provide bibliographic information.

Data must be submitted by 20 June 2020 to be considered for inclusion in the on-going systematic review which is scheduled to be completed by October 2020. Data must be submitted through the online submission form at Detailed instructions for submitting data are provided in the online form.  Data submitted by email or in hard copy will not be considered.

This call for data can also be viewed online at

Questions regarding the call for data should be addressed to

24-25 April 2020

The Fourth GlobalFood Symposium will be held on 24-25 April 2020 in Göttingen. The aim of this Symposium is to discuss new research findings and policy challenges related to the global agri-food system transformation. The two-day conference will feature plenary sessions with invited speakers, contributed paper sessions, and posters. Confirmed speakers include Jessica Aschemann-Witzel (Denmark), Chris Barrett (USA), Jessica Fanzo (USA), Jill Hobbs (Canada), Prabhu Pingali (USA), Catherine Ragasa (USA), Tom Reardon (USA), Lucia Reisch (Denmark), Jo Swinnen (USA), and Rob Vos (USA).

Registration is now open!

For registration, please follow this link.
For further details please follow this link.

The Conference Program (Preliminary Version) can be found here.

Global agri-food systems are undergoing a rapid transformation, involving new food standards, new technologies, novel forms of vertical coordination, changing consumer preferences, and various other trends. The ramifications for trade flows, industry structure, competitiveness, social welfare, and the environment may be far-reaching but are not yet well understood. Developing countries in particular face technical and institutional constraints, potentially impeding successful participation in emerging value chains. This may have implications for poverty, food security, nutrition, and sustainable development.

The GlobalFood Program at the University of Göttingen carries out research along these lines in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and other partners.

23 April 2020, 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join the second edition of FAO Insights, featuring Anna Lartey, Director of the Nutrition and Food Systems Division, FAO, to talk about nutrition in the time of COVID-19. The pandemic is causing many changes in the daily lives of people around the world, but there are things that can be done to maintain a healthy lifestyle in these difficult times. Register to learn how the pandemic can impact our food systems and how to maintain a healthy diet during COVID-19.

FAO Insights is a new webinar series presented by FAO North America to share FAO’s knowledge and expertise with policymakers, farmers and other stakeholders in North America and beyond.

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21 April 2020 15:00 – 16:00 CET

Halving anaemia prevalence by 2030 requires both efforts to scale-up proven nutrition interventions and the development of innovative solutions to address emerging bottlenecks.

Essential nutrition actions such as supplementation and food fortification with iron, face some technological challenges that are limiting their use at large scale. These barriers range from low acceptability and adherence to supplements to losses of available iron in a food matrix.

Universities and research institutions are working to create promising (and exciting!) options that can be implemented in the near term.

Please join this webinar where we will discuss novel iron compounds for food fortification and supplementation, lentil fortification and parenteral iron supplementation as a public health intervention. 

More information about the webinar available here


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 Security Information Network, which provides the core coordination and technical support to pillar 1 of the Global Network Against Food Crises’s.

The report tracks the numbers and locations of acutely food-insecure people most in need of emergency food, nutrition and livelihood assistance during the peak or worst point in 2019.

Download the full report

More information available here