The war in Ukraine is a catastrophe for that country and for the world. The loss of food production and exports from Ukraine (and to some extent Russia) will push world food prices up as the lack of supply fails to meet demand. High energy prices due to the loss of production, trade and the sanctions imposed will do the same, making food production, distribution and preparation more costly. Higher food and fuel prices will lower people’s income for other necessities such as clean water, sanitation and health care.
The African Union and African Heads of State and Governments have designated 2022 as the Year of Nutrition for Africa. We, GAIN’s country leaders in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Mozambique, applaud this initiative simply because while there has been a lot of progress across Africa, more needs to be done, in particular to secure the investments needed to implement a nutrition action plan that reduces malnutrition across the continent.
The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) commits to support these goals by improving access to nutritious and safe foods in a sustainable way. We will register two major commitments in the Nutrition Accountability Framework in relation to improving diet quality for millions of people around the world.
That goal was to identify ways that businesses large and small could support efforts to tackle all forms of malnutrition, recognizing that most of the core underlying problems of malnutrition can never be addressed without actions by those that grow, manufacture, distribute and market food to consumers.
Food production is one of the largest drivers of climate change and environmental degradation. Current diets are contributing to a rising burden of diet-related chronic diseases. To address these intertwined issues, there is an urgent need to transition to sustainable and nourishing dietary patterns.
Submission to the UN Food Systems Summit (UN FSS) Commitment Registry – Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). The United Nations Food Systems Summit (UN FSS), taking place on September 23, 2021, marks a key milestone on the journey towards food systems transformation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Following a year of lockdowns and a stalling global economy, the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World research shows that an additional 118m people are going to bed hungry, an increase of 18% in one year. We are at an inflection point.
The triple impact of COVID-19-related disruptions in food, health, and social protection systems have already reversed recent progress made with severe consequences on human capital. If we do not act to protect infants during the critical first 1000 days from conception to 24 months of age, their growth and development will be permanently affected by consequent nutritional deficiencies.
GAIN is committed to building a more equitable, diverse and inclusive workforce where all differences between people: their life experiences, professional backgrounds, knowledge and the varied perspectives they bring, are recognised and valued in a meaningful way.