Between 60 and 80 per cent of the world’s small-scale farmers are women. They are responsible for growing and harvesting more than half of the food produced annually on earth. The majority of women farmers, however, face multiple forms of discrimination that undermine their capacity as guarantors of food security for their homes. “We know that the role of women is crucial for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Daniel Gustafson, deputy director-general of FAO. “In this regard, Guatemala is a country with interesting experience and very good results,” he added.
Mali continues to face high levels of malnutrition driven by multiple factors that are exacerbated by the effects of climate change and conflict. Child wasting is estimated at a whopping 10.7 per cent (SMART 2017) although national statistics masque notable regional disparities. At the same time, 25.5 per cent of women 15-49 years old are overweight or obese (SMART 2017), indication of the country’s double burden. An extensive mapping exercise is being undertaken in Mali, led by the Head of the national nutrition coordination cell (Cellule de Coordination), Dr. Djibril Bagayoko.
Implementation of the Integrated Health Networks (RIS) and strengthening primary care establishments will help provide a timely and efficient response to the needs of the public, to beat anaemia and chronic child malnutrition, said Diego Venegas Ojeda, Deputy Minister for Health Services and Assurance.
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Sri Lanka have signed a Letter of Understanding to further their partnership to enhance food security and nutrition in Sri Lanka. The joint efforts support the government’s Vision 2025 and Sustainable Development Goals, and will be carried out under WFP’s new Country Strategic Plan 2018-2022.
Monitoring of Food Security and Nutrition in Guatemala (MONISAN) is being implemented at national level, with the objective of following up on interventions related to food security and nutrition for beneficiaries of government programmes, expanding the monitoring of actions in the 1000-day window (MONIMIL) to include those implemented in Food Security and Nutrition (SAN).
Under the National Food Security and Nutrition Policy (SESAN), section 10.6, SESAN must coordinate SAN surveillance, monitoring and evaluation activities with the various data-generating institutions.
The Special Ambassador for Nutrition for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho, has said collaboration among various stakeholders on nutrition is critical to ending malnutrition in a country. King Letsie III said this at the end of his four-day visit to Malawi from 18th to 21st June to advocate for enhanced efforts to end malnutrition in the country.
A UN Network for SUN exploratory mission for REACH was conducted in Monrovia, Liberia from 30 April to 4 May 2018 following expressed interest from the interim SUN Focal Point, Mameni Linga, and the UN Network in-country. For the first time in REACH history, the donor joined the mission team comprised of a representative from the UN Network Secretariat, and a delegation from Irish Aid.
Africa continues to face significant challenges in its fight against hunger and undernutrition, but several governments have increased their commitments in the fight against hunger and undernutrition. Launched today, the Global Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI-Global) and HANCI-Africa show that the Tanzanian and Sudanese Governments are putting in place important efforts addressing the situation.
L’agenda des Nations Unies pour la nutrition constitue un document d’orientation sur les objectifs nutritionnels définis par toutes les Agences des Nations Unies opérant au Tchad dans le cadre de l’UNDAF (2017-2021), de la Politique Nationale de Nutrition et d’Alimentation du Tchad (2014-2025) et des Objectifs de Développement Durable d’ici 2030.
Undernutrition costs nearly 10 percent of GDP each year in Chad, according to the country’s Cost of Hunger Study (2015-2016). It can also lead to irreversible cognitive damage and contribute to both child morbidity and mortality. The levels of undernutrition levels are persistently high in Chad, both acute and chronic forms of malnutrition, as well as micronutrient deficiencies, particularly in the zones of the Sahel, where the prevalence of child stunting exceeds 50%.
“Colorful dishes, convincing hygiene practices, diverse kitchen gardens and an innovative nutrition hotline – the Malawi country package carries out activities in close consultation with partner organizations and government representatives. But how are they perceived by the population? Mothers from the districts of Dedza and Salima report in interviews on how they benefit from the village groups – so-called Care Groups – and local savings groups with a nutritional approach.
The newly established National Early Childhood Development Programme will help fast-track implementation of anti-malnutrition measures in the country, the Prime Minister has said. Edouard Ngirente gave the reassurance in the Senate where he laid out strategies to eradicate malnutrition, especially among children under five years in Rwanda.
Between 2007 and 2016, El Salvador recorded a fall in chronic malnutrition in girls and boys in the first grade of education in 93.4 per cent of its municipalities, according to the fourth National Height Survey and first National Weight Survey of schoolchildren, presented by authorities in the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and the National Food and Nutrition Security Council (CONASAN).
Bringing people together into a shared space for action
On 19 February 2018, the office of the Prime Minister of Somalia held a high level roundtable meeting supporting the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement. The meeting was graced by a number of ministers, high level government officials, donors, UN agencies, business community and civil society members. The occasion was launched and opened by the State minister office of the prime minister, he reiterated the government commitment in supporting the SUN movement and ensuring all Nutrition related sustainable development goals (SDGs) are attained on time.
The contribtuion by Swiss Cooperation in DRC will contribute to reducing the prevalence of chronic malnutrition in children under 5 years old and to meeting the nutrition needs of 12,000 pregnant women and nursing mothers and 12,000 children aged 6 to 23 months, through the various interventions of United Nations agencies. This funding will be over a period of three years. Aid with a value of US$3 million will enable UNICEF, FAO and WFP to continue and extend their project to combat chronic malnutrition in the health areas of Bunyakiri and Minova, in Sud-Kivu province.
Given the importance of nutrition in the overall physical and cognitive development of children, there is a need to focus on the first 1,000 days of a child’s life to prevent the negative effects of malnutrition from becoming irreversible. This requires a multi-sector approach to address risk factors ranging from inadequate food and illness to poor access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene. High rates of anaemia and low body mass index among adolescent girls and pregnant women are also causes of concern.
Abidjan, 7 November 2017. Almost every country in the world now faces a serious nutrition-related challenge, whether stemming from undernutrition, obesity, or non-communicable diseases, leaders will hear at the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Global Gathering in central Abidjan, where the Global Nutrition Report 2017 was launched.
On 16 October 2017, SUN Coordinator, Gerda Verburg, visited Kabul to welcome Afghanistan to the SUN Movement, the 60th country member.
Good food is a cornerstone of good health, and this fundamental relationship is widely understood. Yet profound changes in global food systems over the last decades have resulted in significant negative impacts on health and well-being that range from food insecurity to chronic disease, and from environmental degradation to diminished economic opportunity and the erosion of culture. These impacts are experienced unequally across the globe and between different groups of people in different places.