SMART Commitment Guidance

The Global Nutrition Report has worked with a panel of expert stakeholders to develop a guide to making SMART commitments to nutrition. The guide includes examples of SMART and un-SMART commitments, and guidance on developing these commitments at country level. We hope that this will prove useful as you begin to set SDG targets at country level, and in the lead up to the Nutrition for Growth meeting in Brazil this summer. This guide is only meaningful if it is helpful to you; please send us questions or feedback using our Contact Us page.

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Implementation Science – The Science of How to do What

I recently read a great opinion piece in the New York Times titled ‘Ideas Help No One on a Shelf. Take Them to the World’.  The writer, Tina Rosenberg, stated, “Whatever problem possesses you, we already have plenty of ways to solve it. Many have been rigorously tested and have a lot of evidence behind them — and yet they’re sitting on a shelf. So don’t invent something new. If you want to make a contribution, choose one of those ideas — and spread it.”   >> Read more

Norway and Nutrition

Norway has been a pioneer in the field of nutrition, but momentum has been lost in recent times. Whilst Norway has consistently been one of the top contributors to overall global development assistance, in the field of nutrition it has been investing less than $1 million per annum. Norway is not a signatory to the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) compact nor the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) donor network, and domestically Norway is encountering a rising incidence of obesity. With that as a background, the Norwegian Development Agency, Norad, hosted the national launch of the 2015 Global Nutrition Report on March 9 at an event entitled “Food Security and Nutrition: More than two sides of the same coin?”

Discussing the local context, Professor Liv Elin Torheim pointed to Norwegian research to describe why nutrition may have lost the spotlight. Currently, there are challenges associated with quantifying nutrition results, there is a dispersal of nutrition related activities amongst several different sectors, and precedence is taken by other competing issues. On a positive note, State Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Hanne Blåfjelldal, acknowledged the importance of integrating agriculture, nutrition and food policies, citing the example of the recent conference “Måltidsglede” (Happy meal), which was co-organised by three government ministries. >> Read more

Is it Helpful to Score Countries on their Progress in Food and Nutrition?

In recent years, a number of new indices have sprung to life that rank countries based on their progress in improving food systems and nutrition outcomes. Among these are the Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index which scores governments on their political commitment to tackling hunger and the annual self-assessments on progress in meeting four strategic objectives for improving nutrition, carried out by countries in the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement. These efforts, which are focused on undernutrition, systematically examine evidence of progress and share a common goal: to hold governments and others to account. But is this helpful and does anyone take any notice?  >> Read more

Improving Agriculture, Food Systems, Climate Change and Nutrition in Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Countries

A one-day conference on Agriculture and Food Systems, Climate Change and Nutrition in CIS countries featuring the Global Nutrition Report 2015 was held at Lomonosov Moscow State University in Moscow on February 11. The conference brought together about 80 participants from universities, governments and international development agencies in the Central Asia region. The discussion highlighted the linkages between climate change, agriculture, food systems, social safety nets, and nutrition outcomes. >> Read more

Scaling up Nutrition by Investing in our Nutrition Workforce

The development community is by now well aware that good nutrition is the bedrock of human well-being. In the critical window between conception and a child’s second birthday, good nutrition enables optimal brain and immune system development and functioning, which saves lives and equips a child to grow, thrive and reach his or her full potential. As the impact of nutrition is so far-reaching, achieving many of the Sustainable Development Goals will require scaling up proven nutrition interventions. This is where the challenge comes. >> Read more

What can the Philippines do to Accelerate Nutrition Improvement?

This article is cross-posted from Development Horizons.

The Philippine launch of the GNR, brilliantly organized by the Government of the Philippines and UNICEF, was timely (slides here).  The country is coming to the end of its current economic development plan as well as its nutrition strategy and new plans are being developed for the 2017-2022 period.  The GNR data, messaging and calls to action were all cited by the National Economic Development Agency (NEDA) and the National Nutrition Council (NNC) in the Ministry of Health, as useful inputs into the process of developing the new plans.  In addition the Philippines is a relative newcomer to SUN (it is the 51st member) and is just setting up its networks, so GNR messages and data were also able to be fed into the development of their workplans. 
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Can Thailand Write Us a New Story for Nutrition Improvement in the 21st Century?

This article is cross-posted from Development Horizons.

When I was first learning about nutrition, the community based model of nutrition improvement in Thailand was the “go-to” success story of how to reduce undernutrition rapidly and sustainably. The famous  nutritionist Kraisid Tontisirin has been a great communicator and researcher on the Thai nutrition experience. So one of the big surprises of the Global Nutrition Report was to find Thailand off course on all 8 WHA nutrition indicators tracked in the report (under 5 stunting, wasting and overweight, exclusive breastfeeding rates, anemia in women, adult overweight, adult obesity and adult diabetes).

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GNR at the ECOWAS Nutrition Forum in Togo

The 14th Nutrition Forum of the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) was held in Lomé (Togo) from November 16th to 18th, 2015. The theme was “Nutrition and SDGs in ECOWAS member countries: progress, challenges and perspectives”. I made a presentation on the Global Nutrition Report 2015 as a member of the GNR Independent Expert Group (IEG). >> Read more

GNR at COP21: Climate Change, Agroecology, Nutrition, and Food Security

As kindly advertised by my GNR-IEG colleague Rachel Nugent, during the side event about “Climate and Nutrition: A Double Win for Sustainable Development” that she moderated at the COP21, I had the privilege to participate in another COP21 side-event about climate change and nutrition at Le Bourget, on the 3rd of December. This one, entitled “Climate Change, Agroecology, Nutrition, and Food Security: Critical lessons from project interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa”, was held at the Africa Pavilion and was co-organised by Cornell University, IFPRI, IRD and UNDP. >> Read more