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Assessing progress against nutrition status targets

This chapter tracks countries’ progress in improving the nutrition status of their populations. It begins by assessing countries’ progress at meeting the targets for reducing undernutrition by 2025, set by the World Health Assembly (WHA) in 2012.1 As…

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Strengthening accountability: Lessons from inside and outside nutrition

Accountability is the glue that connects commitment to action, and so strengthening it is a priority. Exercising accountability in nutrition is challenging because improving nutrition requires many different sectors to come together without an obvious…

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Tracking actions to address malnutrition in all its forms

To hold governments and other national stakeholders accountable for their actions to improve nutrition, it is critical to track their progress in implementing interventions, programs, and policies. This chapter reviews the degree to which these…

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Ten calls to action to increase accountability for nutrition actions

As we move into the era of the sustainable development goals (SDGS), the world faces many seemingly intractable problems. Malnutrition should not be one of them. Countries that are determined to make rapid advances in malnutrition reduction can do so.…

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Progress against nutrition for growth commitments

The issue of nutrition had an important moment in the spotlight in 2013. At the nutrition for growth (N4G) summit in London that year, governments, UN agencies, civil society organizations, businesses, donors, and other organizations gathered to…

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Strengthening accountability for business in nutrition

The actions and activities of businesses have a profound effect on nutrition outcomes. Businesses—large, medium, and small enterprises that employ people for wages—produce goods and services that are critical determinants of nutrition, including food…

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Scaling up financial and capacity resources for nutrition

This chapter begins by asking how much governments currently spend on nutrition. At the time the 2014 Global Nutrition Report was being prepared, virtually no data existed in the public domain to track national governments’ allocations to nutrition.…

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Indicators for nutrition-friendly and sustainable food systems

As described in the preceding chapter, food systems link agriculture, environmental sustainability, and nutrition. Interest in how food systems can do more to reduce malnutrition in all its forms has increased substantially since the Global Nutrition…

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Climate change and nutrition

Given the widespread effects that climate change is projected to have on the world’s most vulnerable people—and indeed the effects that are already underway—climate change features strongly in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): specifically,…

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