On November 13, 2014, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) published the first ever Global Nutrition Report which provides a “comprehensive narrative and analysis on the state of the world’s nutrition.” DCP3 series editor Dr. Rachel Nugent served as a member of the report’s Independent Expert Review Group. This group was responsible for the data, analysis and conclusions, as well as the overall quality and independence of the report’s contents.
The report’s main messages were presented at the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) in Rome, Italy November 19-21. Conference attendees - including government officials, donor agency representatives, academics, and nutrition experts – participated in panel discussions and listened to presentations on the state of the world’s nutrition.
- Nutrition is a foundation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Malnutrition is a concern for all countries
- Multiple burdens are a “new normal”
- Progress is slow globally but there are some spectacular country advances
- More ambitious targets are needed
- Scaling up is more possible than ever
- Nutrition accountability needs strengthening
Global Nutrition Report in the news:
- The Lancet published a November 15th editorial following the report’s publication.
- Huffington Post Global Motherhood published an opinion piece by Lawrence Haddad of the International Food Policy Research Institute based in the UK.