Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development Phase II (PAEPARD II)
As in case of the previous congresses in this series, the 4th Congress Hidden Hunger with the title „Hidden hunger and the transformation of food systems: How to combat the double burden of malnutrition?“ will bring together members of different disciplines: nutritionists, agricultural scientists, economists and sociologists. Moreover, the congress will encourage the dialogue between scientists, policy-makers and
representatives of non-governmental organizations and the private sector. It is dedicated to review the available evidence on the double burden of malnutrition, present new research findings on underlying
causes and consequences, feature innovative strategies and discuss the roles and responsibilities of governments, development organizations, civil society and the private sector in combating the double burden of malnutrition.
The Global Nutrition Report is the world’s leading report on the state of global nutrition. It is data-led and produced independently each year to cast a light on where progress has been made and to identify where challenges remain. The 2018 Global Nutrition Report shares insights into the current state of global nutrition, highlighting the unacceptably high burden of malnutrition in the world.
Every year, the Global Nutrition Report aims to inspire governments, civil society and private stakeholders to act to end malnutrition in all its forms. It also plays the important role of helping hold stakeholders to account on the commitments they have made towards tackling malnutrition.
The 2018 Global Nutrition Report identifies areas where progress has been made in recent years but argues that it is too slow and too inconsistent. It identifies where major problems still lie – and thus where actions are needed to consolidate progress and fill major ga... Read more
In Indonesia’s eastern Maluku and North Maluku provinces, malnutrition levels are high. Nutrition challenges include monotonous diets with inadequate levels of energy, micro-nutrients and protein. Studies commissioned by The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) suggest that strengthened value chains for foods such as bananas, cassava, maize, spinach, sweet potatoes and fish could make business sense for smallholders and lay the foundations for a strong local food system that sustainably delivers nutritious foods for healthy diets.
Download the report here.
With the Brighter Living Scholarship, DSM will offer 4 scholarships to young leaders from Zambia and Ethiopia, who are working in the field of nutrition, towards eradicating malnutrition and tackling the issue of food security.
The scholarship builds on the Africa Improved Foods (AIF) partnership, which is an innovative public-private partnership making nutritious fortified foods locally in Africa for Africa with the objective of ending malnutrition. AIF is a partnership between DSM, IFC, CDC, FMO, Government of Rwanda and the World Food Programme. A short video by CEO and 2018 OYW Counsellor Feike Sijbesma on the start of this partnership can be found here.
Who should apply:
In line with the expansion objectives of DSM/AIF to more African countries, this scholarship seeks to support young leader
AgriProFocus member ICCO, together with Kerk in Actie, published a study on Moringa in Myanmar. It explores the food and nutrition security situation of women and children in rural Myanmar. The study presents Moringa, an underutilized tree found throughout the country, as a potential crop that could improve the diets of women and children.
Download the report here (april 2018, 42 pages, English)
What: The Marketplace Community of Practice Meeting
When: 15/03/2018 (8.00 to 12.30)
Where: Lemigo Hotel, Kigali
Who: Get invitation at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Marketplace is a platform that fosters innovation and drives investment in the production, marketing, and consumption of nutritious foods made from locally-produced agricultural products. The Marketplace’s two-pronged approach supports a broad network of stakeholders, with information and knowledge, through the Community of Practice, while targeted technical and financial support is offered to promising, innovative enterprises through the Innovation Accelerator. The project is currently funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The theme of the convening will be; ‘’the role of businesses in delivering safe, nutritious foods to the mass market’’. During the event, GAIN will also present an updated approach for the delivery of technical and financial support to small and medium sized enterpris... Read more
This technical brief (PDF) from SNV, Center of Development Innovation of Wageningen University & Research (WUR), The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), shares learning on the importance of multi-sectoral governance to address malnutrition and scale-up projects. The brief presents results from the Sustainable Nutrition for All (SN4A) model in Uganda and Zambia. This new and innovative model aims to empower communities to reduce the causes of malnutrition themselves and ensure dietary diversity and overall nutrition goals are improved. Communities are supported to understand what they can do to improve the situation and formulate their own locally available solutions.To ensure sustainability and scalability of the approach, SN4A works with local and district level authorities, building their capacity to plan and implement nutritio
Improved nutrition is critical to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Chronic malnutrition, including stunting, is an important example of a global challenge that spans multiple sectors, including health, agriculture and food systems, water and sanitation, education and gender. Addressing malnutrition requires a strong focus on governance, involving coordinated actions by many actors across sectors and across levels of government.
Out of concern for the huge rates of malnutrition and stunting among school-aged children in Ethiopia, many of whom have no breakfast and empty lunchboxes, social entrepreneur Frealem Shibabaw decided to take action. Rather than buying milk for schoolkids as her friend suggested - that would be too expensive, and involve transportation, cool storage, etc - she decided to bring the cows to the schools: The cow herself serves as sterile storage and removes the need for refrigeration! If the cow is on site, the end users can reduce costs of care, and there is no issue of transportation.
Milk is a near-complete food, only lacking roughage and iron from all the key nutrients that the human body requires. It is a great boost to the nutrition of children.
Read more about Frealem Shibabaw and her work and philosophy HERE.
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To all our readers, please find attached the important speech by Ethiopia's First Lady, on how we together should prevent malnutrition in Ethiopia.
I would like to inform you about a project called Students4Kids which is an international competition for university students in Zambia and Germany and aims to develop projects that tackle micronutrient deficiencies in Zambia. It is being carried out by the Assmann-Foundation for Prevention, cooperating with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, and the Amatheon Foundation as a local advocate. The competition targets university students and seeks innovative research projects, sharp ideas and lasting strategies to combat hidden hunger. The winner or the winning team will be awarded a grant of € 10,000 and selected finalists will have the chance to present... Read more
Regional Food Reserve System in East and Southern Africa (Ethiopia, Malawi and Uganda) 2014
1. Summary of the context of Food Reserve System in ESA Countries
It is over half a century now that there has been concern about the high prevalence of hunger and malnutrition in the world. Rapid global population growth, extreme climatic occurrences, unpredictable spatiotemporal rainfall variability, prevalence of HIV/AIDS, civil strife and other man-made and natural calamities caused an increasing world food insecure population. These factors in general and the 2007/08 food crises in particular has prompted the policy thinking that led to the idea of holding strategic reserve as an additional food security measures at global level. Following this push, some countries developed separate strategic grain reserve programs (such as Ethiopia and Malawi) and some countries added strategic reserve as an additional mandates to the marketing board (such as Kenya and Zambia) at least until the int... Read more
Tanzania’s latest National Nutrition Survey shows a sharp decline in stunting rates
In April 2015, the results of a National Nutrition Survey released in Tanzania show that between 2010 and 2014, chronic malnutrition – stunting, or low height for age – among children under five in the country fell from 42 per cent to 35 per cent.
“These results are very encouraging. The hidden crisis of chronic malnutrition is robbing thousands of our children of their full potential and hampering the social and economic progress of Tanzania”, said Mr. Obey Assery, SUN Government Focal Point for Tanzania.
Link here (source: SUN Scaling Up Nutrition movement - latest newsletter)
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.