Event organized by IFPRI and FAO
Malnutrition, in all of its manifestations–undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, overnutrition--is placing an intolerable burden on individuals and communities, as well as on the cultural, social, economic, and health fabric of nations. The statistics underscore this burden: 805 million people suffer chronically from hunger and stunting affects 161 million children under five years of age.
Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Assistant Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and other distinguished representatives from government and civil society will highlight recent outcomes from the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), convened by the FAO and the World Health Organization (WHO) last November. Along with ICN2, the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement, the Global Panel on Agriculture and Nutrition, the USAID Global Nutrition Strategy, and the release of the first Global Nutrition Report have all helped mobilize world attention on nutrition. We now face the challenge of meeting rapidly rising expectations.
The policy dialogue seeks to accelerate progress on the new nutrition agenda. Participants will identify concrete actions taken so far as leaders mobilize around nutrition as central aspect of the Zero Hunger Challenge and draw attention to efforts still needed to make safe and nutritious food a reality for all.