Latest Documents

The Foresight report - Food systems and diets: Facing the challenges of the 21st century

Using modelling and trend analysis, the Report generates a new understanding of diets and food systems, and how they could change by 2030.

Full Report and Executive Summary in EnglishFrenchPortuguese and Spanish.

Nutrition for Growth II from commitment to action

This policy brief provides information and advice, in the form of 10 evidence-based recommendations, to help policymakers invest in effective policies to reduce all forms of malnutrition.

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The cost of malnutrition: why policy action is urgent

This technical brief makes a compelling economic case for investing in nutrition, and calls on policymakers to invest without delay in more cost-effective nutrition initiatives.

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The economics of reducing malnutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa

This working paper was commissioned in advance of the African Leaders for Nutrition Initiative to highlight why investing in malnutrition is important from an economic perspective. 

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Assuring safe food systems: policy options for a healthier food supply 

This policy brief reviews food safety issues that are critical to poor and vulnerable populations in low- and middle-income countries, with a particular focus on their impact on healthy diets. An integrated set of policy actions, including regulation, surveillance, and training of individuals and organisations involved all along the food chain, is required to assure the safety of food systems and to support a healthier food supply.

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Managing food price volatility: policy options to support healthy diets and nutrition in the context of uncertainty

This policy brief identifies policy interventions that can anticipate and mitigate the negative dietary and nutritional outcomes of price volatility and market uncertainty. Policy interventions include short-term actions to protect the quality of consumers’ diets as well as long-term strategies that foster more stable and predictable food markets and prices.

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Healthy meals in schools: policy innovations linking agriculture, food systems and nutrition

The policy brief explains why a greater policy emphasis is needed on the multiple-win agenda that couples meals in schools with benefits to agriculture, education and nutrition. Evidence-based successes from diverse contexts are highlighted to illustrate what is technically feasible and economically viable.

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Improved metrics & data are needed for effective food system policies in the post-2015 era 

The Technical Brief is aimed at analysts, statistical experts and decision makers who use evidence to guide their policy choices. It argues that the research community and governments need to work together to develop robust mechanisms to collect better food system-wide data to help them design and evaluate the nutritional impacts of food policy interventions.

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Climate-smart food systems for enhanced nutrition

This policy brief explains the challenges of meeting both agricultural and nutritional needs in the face of climate change. It identifies specific opportunities for policy change that can simultaneously enhance food and nutrition security. 

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Latest Videos

Event: "Achieving Nutrition Security: A call for leadership, partnership, and investment"

At the AfDB Annual Meeting, Bill Gates welcomes the formation of African Leaders for Nutrition and its potential impact through increased nutrition investments.

At AfDB Annual Meeting in Lusaka, African Leaders make economic case for increased nutrition investments

Watch Kofi Annan praising the effort of the African Leaders for Nutrition Initiative, while highlighting the role agriculture can play in defeating malnutrition.