IAFN Updates

On July 11, 2018, Margaret Munene of Palmhouse Dairies delivered the following remarks during the Side Event on Moving to Resilient and Sustainable Societies: The Food Security and Nutrition Dimensions. 

On 27 June, the HLPE Report on Multi-stakeholder partnerships to finance and improve food security and nutrition in the framework of the 2030 Agenda was launched during an event held at the FAO Headquarters in Rome. Following an opening statement by the CFS Chair, the report was introduced by Patrick Caron, Chair of the HLPE Steering Committee. The full report can be read here

On June 14, a meeting of CFS' Open Ended Working Group on Nutrition was held at the FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. On behalf of its membership, the Private Sector Mechanism Secretariat made the following statement:

On behalf of the Private Sector Mechanism, we thank the Chair of the Open-Ended Working Group and the CFS Secretariat for their ongoing work preparing today’s session and the previous sessions. 

"A large rural youth population and growing domestic demand for diversified foods in many developing countries represent a unique opportunity to advance towards the three objectives of decent job creation for youth, food security, and sustainable production, as spelled out in Agenda 2030. 

FAO provides essential services to all countries, all forms of agriculture, and should play an active role in advancing agriculture and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. There appears to be a lack of coherence in the way core and voluntary funding is shifting the priorities and resources of FAO.

May, 2018: In many developing countries, the share of agriculture and the food system in the economy is large and critical to the livelihoods of billions. It is thus essential to ensure that all investment in the sector, including by large-scale private investors, is attuned to local needs and operates responsibly, in line with international good practice. When done responsibly, boosting the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of agriculture can help fight poverty and help achieve several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as those aiming at ending hunger, ensuring decent work, and attaining gender equality.

As part of their renewed, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and Ethical Corporation will collaborate around providing insight to corporations on how to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into business strategy at the upcoming Responsible Business Summit Europe. 

The double burden of malnutrition (DBM) affects at least a quarter of all countries worldwide, with low and middle income countries bearing the greatest burden due to lack of capacity to tackle the problem. DBM connotes a complex situation where food insecurity, micronutrient deficiencies, undernutrition and infectious diseases, as well as overweight, obesity and related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) coexist in countries, communities and households, and even in the same individual.

A Partnership of UNICEF, WHO, and the World Bank Group has released new joint estimates for child stunting, overweight, underweight, wasting and severe wasting (May 2018 edition) using the same methodology as in previous years. These new estimates supersede former analyses results published by UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank Group. Note the entire time series is updated; for assessing changes over time, comparisons should be made based on the update time series.

14 May 2018: WHO today released REPLACE, a step-by-step guide for the elimination of industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from the global food supply. Eliminating trans fats is key to protecting health and saving lives: WHO estimates that every year, trans fat intake leads to  more than 500,000 deaths of people from cardiovascular disease.

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Friday, 13 July 2018 13:30