In 2013, 870 million people are still undernourished while 2 billion people are affected by micronutrient malnutrition or “hidden hunger”. Agriculture is a major component of local food systems, these systems allow people to produce, transform, distribute and consume food. Making agricultural policies deliver better nutrition represents one of the greatest challenges as well as one of the greatest opportunities to achieving good nutrition for the hungry and undernourished people of the world. This report aims to assess to what extent the global agenda on nutrition and agriculture is actually translating into action at country level, based on three country case studies conducted in Burkina Faso, Kenya and Peru. The report aims to answer three main questions: -- (1) How do national agricultural policies integrate nutritional issues? (2) What are the main constraints to agricultural policies improving efforts to end undernutrition? (3) How best could these constraints be alleviated?
2013 will be a critical year in the scaling-up of nutrition investments. Compared to the scale of the problem, current investments in proven nutrition interventions remain inadequate and new strategies to increase donors commitments and raise additional funds are required to ensure the needs of millions of children are met. In this context, we feel urgent to mobilize further research on the development of innovative financing mechanisms for nutrition.
- The countries actively involved in the fight against undernutrition, donors and Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) countries, should further investigate innovative solutions to raise funds. The SUN movement’s current work on increasing resource mobilization could be an ideal occasion to integrate innovative financing mechanisms for nutrition as a strategic objective.
- The UK Presidency of G8 2013 and all actors committed to make nutrition a priority should developinnovative financing solutions to provide the scale of funding required to support nutrition, with a specific focus on acute malnutrition interventions.
- The terms of reference of the new “Innovative Facility for Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition” shouldtake into account nutrition issues and create the conditions for the design and operationalization of innovative financing mechanisms for specific nutrition interventions.
- Governments that are planning to set up FTTs in 2013 must increase their contribution to development and integrate nutrition as a priority sector.
Action Against Hunger’s global magazine, Hunger Matters, delivers perspectives from the front lines of humanitarian action and the race to end deadly malnutrition. Thematically organized around “access to good nutrition,” this edition of Hunger Matters explores new approaches to helping the most vulnerable access the resources they need to ensure healthy lives for their families and communities. As Archbishop Desmond Tutu reminds us in this edition’s foreward, “Never before has the world had such abundant resources of money, knowledge and food. And yet hunger continues to ravage the lives of millions of people.”
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