1 in 2 people reading this article are likely experiencing hidden hunger, in other words a lack of essential vitamins and minerals. That matters because these "micronutrients" are the micro drivers of functions such as our immune systems which keep us safe and healthy.
Food choice is complex. It involves psychological factors (like mood and preferences), sociocultural ones (like traditions and taboos), sensory appeal (like taste), health perceptions, ethical concerns (like animal welfare), social interactions (like peer influences), and socio-demographic aspects (like education).
In a recent report, Overcoming Multistakeholder Partnership Financing Hurdles to Accelerate the SDGs, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and partners discuss the funding challenges and lessons learned of commercially driven multi-stakeholder partnerships and share some recommendations on how to effectively drive positive impact on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
So how are small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – which make up the bulk of the food system in low- and middle-income countries – coping with these challenges? A recent online survey by the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Business Network aimed to answer this question.
GAIN is launching a short animated video, packed with key facts and information about large scale food fortification. It is a great tool for advocacy and education in countries where increasing access to fortified foods is on the agenda.
Climate change is already wreaking havoc with food systems, undermining food security and nutrition for millions of people. Few countries will be affected more seriously than Bangladesh.
World Breastfeeding Week 2022 will focus on strengthening the capacity of actors that have to protect, promote and support breastfeeding across different levels of society.
Is it possible to leverage entrepreneurs and businesses to help tackle the poor diets of hundreds of millions of low-income people, and if so, how? And what evidence do we have to show it works? A new five-year GAIN programme, part of a larger initiative aiming to improve the diets of low-income African consumers, aims to help answers to these questions.
In the follow up to the UN Food Systems Summit, national policymakers are building their food system transformation pathways to articulate their priorities and goals and how they will be achieved. This is genuinely exciting, and in our opinion is the most important legacy of the Summit process. But while minds have to be changed, so do means. Priorities have to be reflected in budget spreadsheets as well as in speeches if food system transformation is to happen.
This year's World Food Safety Day, we celebrate the World Health Assembly’s recent agreement to adopt the WHO Global Strategy for Food Safety.