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Farewell from SecureNutrition - Project closing June 30

“You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together” – Anthony Bourdain

The unique thing about SecureNutrition has always been the team running it. Throughout our 7 years of sharing knowledge, it’s been an effort among friends. We’ve cycled in and out, “graduating” staff to take on PhDs, new jobs, different cities, and other transitions.

Within that constant...

FAO/WHO International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition

In December 2016, FAO and WHO convened an International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition, which aimed to increase awareness of today’s urgent food and nutrition challenges, and to create a forum to discuss strategies for regulation and reform. These proceedings include summaries of the parallel sessions, and summaries and transcriptions from the...

Nutrition peer-reviewed publications co-authored by UNICEF staff in Q1-2018

These papers examine key nutrition priorities such as breastfeeding, complementary feeding, vitamin deficiencies, micronutrient supplementation, adolescents’ nutrition, food supplementation, food fortification or overweight and obesity. They focus on countries as diverse as Cambodia, China, Guinea, or South Africa, as well as analyses focusing on South Asia and low- and middle-income countries...

Time Use as an Explanation for the Agri-Nutrition Disconnect: Evidence from rural areas in low and middle-income countries

Agriculture interventions may increase time commitments for women who play a key role in agricultural production and nutrition—and can have complex impacts on nutritional outcomes. This review of evidence in Food Policy summarizes lessons from past studies and highlights implications for future research.

Randomized Control Trials demonstrate that Nutrition-Sensitive Social Protection Interventions increase the use of Multiple-Micronutrient Powders and Iron Supplements in Rural Pre-School Bangladeshi Children

This IFPRI/Cornell study examines the impact of nutrition-sensitive social protection interventions on nearly 10,000 Bangladeshi women and children. Results showed that a transfer (food, cash, or both) accompanied by nutrition BCC resulted in both knowledge- and practice-based improvements around iron deficiency and multiple micronutrient supplementation. The authors conclude that transfers...

Improving diets in an era of food market transformation: Challenges and opportunities for engagement between the public and private sectors

According to this GloPan brief, poor diets pose a greater global health risk than air pollution, alcohol, drug, and tobacco use combined. The authors advocate for a stronger role of the private sector to encourage people to eat more nutritious food. Major themes include investment, public incentives for private action, managing risks, and building trust between stakeholders. The report...

Guideline: Implementing Effective Actions for Improving Adolescent Nutrition

This WHO publication facilitates the implementation of existing guidelines on nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive actions that improve health and well-being of adolescents. The actions must take into account the heterogeneity of adolescents in general (physical growth, social development, expected responsibilities in the family, school or work status, etc.), and any programmes should...

Implementation Guidance: The Revised Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative 2018

The WHO has updated implementation guidance for those who set policy for, or offer care to, pregnant women, families, and infants. The document presents the first revision of the Ten Steps since 1989. The topic of each step is unchanged, but the wording has been updated according to current evidence-based guidelines and global public health policy.

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2018 Global Food Policy Report

One of IFPRI’s flagship reports, this 2018 update looks at food policies in the context of both greater global integration as well as counter-trends towards isolation. Authors look at how international investments can contribute to local food security, actions that can be taken by global governance structures, the role of trade in nutrition and sustainability, and more. The report includes a...

Identifying Sociodemographic, Programmatic and Dietary Drivers of Anaemia Reduction in Pregnant Indian Women Over 10 Years

Anaemia is a major contributor to the global disease burden and half of pregnant women in India were anaemic in 2016. The authors of this journal article explored how shifts in sociodemographic (wealth, age at pregnancy, education, open defecation, cooking fuel type, household size), programmatic (iron–folic acid tablet consumption, antenatal care visits) and dietary (intake of Fe, folic acid...

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