It is clear through available statistics that by 2050 the world population would be over 9 billion and the biggest challenge would be food insecurity. The premonition, if we don’t act on the looming food crisis, many people are going to die of hunger. From human point of view and indeed Africa tradition, dying of hunger is not only painful but also shameful. It is imperative then for everyone to commit to work in order to avert the pain and shame of the encroaching calamity.
The urgency of the solutions to this peculiar problem of food insecurity especially in Africa cannot be underrated. From several researches, it is clear that the Africa continent has latent pote... Read more
Summary of lunch meeting 29th June 2017 at The Dutch Ministry Foreign Affairs
African Union (AU) members demand the international community to support them in their ambition of a nutrition revolution. Transitions of African food systems are at a crossroads. If AU countries take the right direction, there is an opportunity to prevent mistakes made in OECD countries, where reducing undernutrition was accompanied by a pendulum swing in the direction of overnutrition and environmental degradation. A food systems approach, including multi-sectoral collaboration such as between the health and the agricultural sector, is a key entry point to address this ‘triple burden’.
Please find HERE the full document of highlights from a lunch meeting entitled ‘Transforming Food Systems for Improved Nutrition’ on 29 June 2017.
Published by IFPRI, March 23rd, 2017
The Global Food Security Report (PDF) is a reoccurring IFPRI publication that provides a synthesis of all major developments regarding food policy. This edition pays special attention to the challenges of urbanization for food and nutrition security (FNS) since rapid urbanization and population growth are expected to put growing pressure on the global food system as agricultural production comes under stress. In addition, urban poor face unique challenges since they are highly dependent on the informal sector, are more vulnerable to income and price shocks and have limited access to basic services. While informal markets are key to ensure FNS, government policies tend to focus on control, regulation or eradication of urban informal food economy. Urbanization also reshapes the agricultural value chains since commercial flows of agricultural goods increase, diets change, and commercial markets become more important. In... Read more
The report, published by IFPRI highlights the latest developments and figures on several issues related to nutrition worldwide. It links to the Sustainable Development Goals which are being formulated at the moment, and also pays specific attention to global food systems and climate change.
Download the complete report here: http://globalnutritionreport.org/the-report/
On this website you can also download country specific nutrition profiles and other resources.
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Children whose growth is stunted, people who don’t get enough vitamins and minerals for a healthy life, adults who are overweight and obese—malnutrition takes many forms and affects every country on earth. A problem of staggering size, malnutrition is widespread enough to threaten the world’s sustainable development ambitions.
The Global Nutrition Report 2015 is a report card on the world’s nutrition—globally, regionally, and country by country—and on efforts to i
The International Food Policy Research Institute has received a second round of support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to adapt and validate a measure of women’s empowerment that agricultural development projects can use to diagnose key areas of women’s (and men’s) disempowerment, design appropriate strategies to address deficiencies, and monitor project outcomes related to women’s empowerment. This empowerment measure will be based on the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) developed by IFPRI, USAID, and OPHI (Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative), but will be adapted for project use.
This second round, called GAAP2, will run for five years (2015-2020) and will build on the experience of the Gender, Agriculture and Assets Project (GAAP, 2010-2014), which worked with a set of agricultural development projects to incorporate gender into their M&E f... Read more
Developing New Strategies for Nourishing the World
By Shenggen Fan (Director General of IFPRI)
In his recent Article on Huffington Post, Shenggen Fan, Director General of International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), has made the following remarks:
“The world has made good progress in reducing poverty: the number of poor has declined from 1.9 billion in 1990 to just over a billion in 2011--5 years ahead of schedule to meet the Millennium Development Goal to halve global poverty. We also made some progress in reducing hunger, from 1.1 billion in 1990 to 805 million in 2014. That translates to a decline from 18.7 to 11.3 percent.”
But we have failed miserably in reducing malnutrition--whether it's the so-called hidden hunger (also known as micronutrient deficiencies), or growth failure in early childhood, or overnutrition.”
Please read the full Article HERE.