IAFN Updates

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.

May 2018: FAO's Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSM) has launched an e-consultation on Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry for Improved Food Security and Better Nutrition. The deadline to submit comments is 27 May. More information, as well as the full announcement, is available here

8 May 2018: The Global Alliance is pleased to announce a Call for Ideas – 2050: Visions for Global Food Systems Transformation. We invite our vast and diverse networks across borders and disciplines to help craft innovative, inspiring, bold, transformative visions for a healthy, equitable, renewable, resilient, and culturally diverse future of food shaped by people, communities, and their institutions.

Since 2001, World Milk Day has been observed by the United Nations on June 1st. World Milk Day was initiated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN to mark the importance of milk and dairy products and their contributions to nutrition, sustainable agriculture, economic livelihoods, and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Agroecology is the study of the relation of agriculture and the environment. It involves the integrated local application of sustainable agriculture. It applies ecological principles in order to design and manage agro-ecosystems in more sustainable and innovation is a vital part of its success.

The CFS Secretariat has just released the application for Side Events at CFS45, which will take place at FAO in Rome, Italy from 16-19 October. IAFN & PSM members interested in hosting side events are requested to fill out the Side Event application form and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 30 May for internal consideration. You can read more about CFS' side event procedure here

Following the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Nutrition meeting held during the morning of 28 March, the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) hosted Healthy by Design: How Products and Guidelines Meet. This interactive, educational event consisted of a luncheon and series of tastings guided by members of the private sector. These private sector actors shared examples of the practical implications of nutrient profiles on product development and reformulation, with the goal of demonstrating to attendees the challenges and opportunities for collective action that meets public health objectives.

The draft of the XIII World Health Organization (WHO) general programme of work 2019-2023 is focused on three interconnected strategic priorities to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages: advancing universal health coverage (UHC), addressing health emergencies and promoting healthier populations. At least half of the world’s population cannot obtain essential health services, according to the 2017 World Bank/WHO report.

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