Being well nourished is essential for each human being to be able to have a healthy and productive life, however, malnutrition continues to be a global challenge. Ending all sorts of malnutrition is a crucial element of the Sustainable Development Goals, and the demand for information by countries, knowledge, and capacity strengthening in this area has grown. The Centre of Excellence offers technical assistance and opportunities of dialogue for countries to find innovative and sustainable solutions to overcome malnutrition.
The Centre’s Nutrition Programme offers specific technical assistance in nutrition for all countries the Centre works with, but Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia and Kenya received continued support throughout 2016 (for more information about each countries check the Map). The goal is to provide direct support to nutrition decision makers in African countries severely affected by malnutrition, by sharing knowledge on policies and programmes that helped Brazil rapidly decrease malnutrition levels.
The 2016 edition of Global Nutrition Report was released simultaneously in different parts of the world on 14 June. The publication gathers global results at the nutrition area and evaluates the progress of each country to reach the Global Nutrition Goals, as defined by the World Health Assembly. In the document, Brazil is pointed out as an example of country that has made a political commitment to nutrition. After adopting a set of strategies implemented by public policies, Brazil promoted structural changes that drastically transformed its nutritional standard. The Centre of Excellence contributed with a text about the links between public food procurement and nutrition.
The Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) released on 29 June the publication “Nourishing millions: stories of change in nutrition”. The publication gathers stories that show what works in nutrition, what does not work, and factors that contribute to success. Selected stories highlight experiences in countries, such as Bangladesh, Brazil, Nepal, Peru, Thailand, Vietnam, and Ethiopia. The Nourishing Millions project was launched in 2015 with a call for study cases. The best stories were selected by its potential of inspiring people to find solutions to malnutrition. Brazil was selected for achieving the Millennium Development Goals 1 and 4, related to reduction of poverty, hunger, and child mortality. According to the analysis, the crucial factors for the Brazilian success were a set of policies towards low-income populations, the multi-sectorial approach, and the involvement of civil society.
On 4 August, Brazil hosted the Nutrition for Growth event, in Rio de Janeiro. The objective was to support global, regional and national nutrition policies, in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 2, as well as actions to combat malnutrition, based on successful experiences and good practices. This initiative took advantage of the international mobilization around the Olympic Games to draw attention to the importance of investing in improving nutrition around the world. Representatives from the United Kingdom, Japan, Ethiopia, Ghana, Italy, and Mexico joined Brazil to discuss themes such as actions and strategies to combat obesity and malnutrition and how to build food systems linked to nutrition to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to implement the Decade of Action on Nutrition. The Centre of Excellence against Hunger participated on a panel about global challenges and responsibilities to improve nutrition.