WFP’s new Nutrition Policy details how the organization will support governments to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2, particularly target 2.2, to end all forms of malnutrition by 2030.
Building on the successes and learnings of the 2012 Nutrition Policy, the new Nutrition Policy of the World Food Programme (WFP) reaffirms the organization’s commitment to addressing malnutrition as a primary channel to reach Zero Hunger. The new policy aims to contribute to the elimination of all forms of malnutrition—including overweight/obesity—and confirms addressing nutrition in emergencies as a central priority.
As climate, socio-political and economic dynamics continue to place stress on food and health systems, and as alarming levels of malnutrition persist, new ways of improving nutrition are also required. The policy therefore puts forward an integrated approach to nutrition that simultaneously considers issues of availability, access, demand and consumption of nutritious foods – with a goal of adequate and healthy diets for vulnerable groups of all ages.
With its strong operational and technical skills, WFP will use its broad range of nutrition experience in various contexts, both to support direct implementation and to provide governments with technical assistance in developing and sustaining nationally-owned nutrition solutions. To the furthest extent possible, WFP’s interventions will reinforce and align to national nutrition plans.
As women often bear the primary responsibility for feeding their families, gender equality and women’s empowerment are essential to eliminating malnutrition. The nutrition policy reconfirms WFP’s commitment to implementing the WFP Gender Policy by considering societal and intra-household gender dynamics in the design of nutrition programmes.