Nutrition News Issue 1 – 2020
In an effort to present nutrition related news at the global and country level, UNSCN and the UNN Secretariats are teaming up to deliver Nutrition News providing a comprehensive overview of recent developments supported and/or coordinated by the UN system.
The first issue for 2020 includes:
- One UN for Nutrition
- COVID-19 pandemic: The evolving impact on how people meet the food system
- UNN-REACH supports high-impact Sierra Leone National Nutrition Fair
- A Global Action Plan on Wasting
- UNRC interview series: Building a holistic approach in Costa Rica
- Nutrition in the context of urban-rural linkages
- A spirit of collaboration in Nepal
- How broader nutrition-based coordination tackles cultural taboos and empowers women in Sri Lanka
- Policy guidance for food systems transformation
- New Special Rapporteur on Right to Food
- In memory of Arne Oshaug
- Latest Publications and Nutrition Related Events
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One UN for Nutrition
The current global nutrition landscape demands increased efficiencies and more integrated and streamlined efforts. This is especially relevant as we enter the final decade of the 2030 Agenda and in the context of UN reform. To harmonize the efforts of the UNSCN and UN Network for SUN at global and country levels, we embarked on an ambitious process to merge these two bodies into a single entity entitled, UN Nutrition.
UN Nutrition will be an inter-agency coordination mechanism for nutrition at global level, and a collaboration platform at country level, bringing together UN agencies to accelerate progress for nutrition objectives and targets. UN Nutrition is universal in its coverage, and thus relevant to all countries. Among its other functions, UN Nutrition will also serve as one of the networks of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement.
Further information on the official launch of the new body will be provided in due course. Until the new UN Nutrition Secretariat is fully operational, the current UNSCN and UN Network secretariats will continue to implement their agreed work plans for 2020 and work under their current names. The new UN Nutrition Secretariat will be hosted by the FAO at its headquarters in Rome.
“The inception of UN Nutrition is a great opportunity for the UN to work even more closely and coherently to end all forms of malnutrition by 2030”
Deputy Executive Director of WFP,
is acting as ad interim Chair of UNSCN/UN Nutrition.
COVID-19 pandemic: The evolving impact on how people meet the food system
For more than three months now, the world has been living in semi-confinement and the world’s economy moving in slow motion due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Both the disease and the measures that are taken to reduce its spread have caused disruptions in our day-to-day food supply mechanisms, which are increasingly felt at all levels.
As the impacts of the pandemic spread, the points of interaction between people and the food system – their food environments – are changing rapidly and taking on greater importance in everyday life. To better understand how people are experiencing and adapting to these changes within the personal domains of their food environment, UNSCN conducted an online survey to capture experiences. The survey ran from 15-30 April and employed convenience sampling, based on UNSCN’s existing communication networks and those of it’s partners, including UNN.
For those who did not yet see it, the preliminary results show that at the time of the survey, respondents’ food accessibility had altered noticeably and food-related daily routines were the most disrupted, after work and social activities. Among behavior changes related to food desirability and convenience, 2 out of 3 respondents indicated an increase in food stockpiling, likely linked to the finding that nearly half of all respondents reported buying more food out of anxiety. In addition, the vast majority of responses indicated facing important changes in accessibility at the point of purchase. Home cooking appeared as the big winner of the crisis with 50% of the respondents indicating an increase in the practice. This is accompanied by increased awareness of food waste (66%) and the promising indication that this awareness means food is not being wasted more than normally (93%).
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