"This has become a situation of international dimensions that threatens the food security of the entire subregion. FAO is activating fast-track mechanisms that will allow us to move swiftly to support governments in mounting a collective campaign to deal with this crisis," said FAO Director-General QU Dongyu.
The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) drew to a close with ministers approving the establishment of an International Digital Council for Food and Agriculture designed by FAO, and issuing a final communiqué pledging to make trade help smallholders access larger value chains.
Trade is in many ways at the heart of the world’s pledge to eradicate hunger, FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu said today at a high-level panel at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture exploring the theme of “harnessing trade for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2”.
The FAO Food Price Index rose 2.5 percent in December to reach its highest level in five years. The prime driver was an increase in quotations for palm oil for use as a biofuel.

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.

 

The UN General Assembly adopted resolutions designating 2021 as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables, 21 May as International Tea Day and 29 September as International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, following requests made by the FAO Conference
The global production and trade of major wood products such as industrial roundwood, sawnwood and wood-based panels have surged to their highest level since the Food and Agriculture Organization began recording forest statistics in 1947.

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

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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. 

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.