Global Nutrition Report

Food and nutrition security is vital to sustainable development

A woman checking corn plants outside of Bangui in the Central African Republic

02.06.2015 |

Berlin – "Germany will be working to ensure that the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau sends a strong signal for the fight against hunger and for food and nutrition security." This statement was made by Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, at the presentation of the Global Nutrition Report. The event was co-hosted by the BMZ, CARE Germany-Luxembourg and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).

The Report provides a comprehensive picture of the global food and nutrition situation and highlights the fact that poor nutrition plays a role in all countries of the world, be it in the context of the fight against hunger and malnutrition, be it in the form of anaemia and stunting or in the form of excess weight among children and adults in industrialised countries.

Silberhorn pointed out that the improvement of global nutrition required interdisciplinary analysis and action. He said, "Health issues play an important role in this context, as do water supply and sanitation, food production, and information and education campaigns on the consequences of poor nutrition. Fighting malnutrition is a focus of our work under our special initiative One World – No Hunger. Every year, we provide more than a billion euros from the budget of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development for food and nutrition security projects that pursue this type of integrated approach."

As he introduced the Report, Lawrence Haddad, Senior Research Fellow at the renowned International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), emphasised that healthy nutrition was vital to sustainable development in all countries. National governments, civil society and the private sector need to jointly shoulder responsibility for fighting hunger and malnutrition, and they need to coordinate their actions.

The findings and recommendations of the report are to inform the debate on the new Sustainable Development Goals that will be adopted by the United Nations later this year. This is not only relevant for the goal of a healthy and balanced diet for millions of people but also in terms of the risks which continuing malnutrition may pose to the achievement of other goals.

In addition to Parliamentary State Secretary Thomas Silberhorn, high-ranking representatives of other institutions were present at the event, including Professor Joachim von Braun, Director of the Center for Development Research; Tom Arnold, coordinator of the global Scaling Up Nutrition Movement; Dr. Wolfgang Jamann, Secretary General of CARE International; and Marc van Ameringen, Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition.

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