UN

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitment to 2020

Reported progress

Assessment

Commitments
London 2013

1. Strengthen its approach to enhancing nutrition in all aspects of its work, including strengthening nutrition-specific activities and emphasizing nutrition-sensitive approaches in agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and natural resources.

2. Locate additional staff resources outside headquarters to be better able to respond to country needs.

3. From 2014 onward, monitor and report nutrition-related outcomes and targets against FAO’s new strategic-level objective: Contribute to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity, and malnutrition. FAO commits to approve provisional targets to monitor achievement of this objective, including the percentage of countries with medium-to-high or high stunting prevalence (16 in Africa) that have improved their evidence-based process to formulate, implement, monitor, and evaluate policies and programs, increasing to 50% by 2015 and 100% by 2017.

4. Improve the measurement of food insecurity, hunger, and malnutrition, including through broadening the basis of measurement to include other dimensions of malnutrition.

5. Continue to support countries in adopting evidence-based nutrition programs, sharing experiences, and consensus building through the process leading up to and beyond the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) in 2014.

6. Mobilize the UN System, through the UN System High-Level Task Force on Global Food Security, to meet the goals of the UN secretary-general’s Zero-Hunger Challenge (ZHC) announced at the Rio summit last year.

Reported progress

1. Strengthen its approach to enhancing nutrition in all aspects of its work, including strengthening nutrition-specific activities and emphasizing nutrition-sensitive approaches in agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and natural resources. Response: FAO has now made nutrition a cross-cutting theme in ALL its strategic objectives. Nutrition update is submitted to all FAO Committees: Committee on Agriculture (COAG), Committee on Fisheries (COFI), Committee on Forestry (COFO) and the Committee on Genetic Resources. The purpose is to ensure nutrition is taken up by all the committees.

2. Locate additional staff resources outside headquarters to be better able to respond to country needs. Response: FAO has increased the staff in regions that need support the most Africa. We now have increased from 1 in 2013 to 12 nutrition officers. Four our of the five FAO regions have Regional nutrition officers compared to 2 in 2013. Through the mobility exercise FAO has moved nutrition officers from HQ to field offices.

3. From 2014 onward, monitor and report nutrition-related outcomes and targets against FAO’s new strategic-level objective Response: FAO's flagship program that used to be called State of Food Insecurity (SOFI) is now State of Food Security and Nutrition. This yearly publication now has several nutrition indicators that are monitored yearly. Now we have expanded our partnership on SOFI to include five UN agencies (FAO, WHO, WFP, IFAD, UNICEF), in 2013, it was only FAP. Countries are using SOFI report to take decisions on making progress.

4. This has been achieved. FAO now uses Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES) which monitors moderate malnutrition highlighting the importance of diet quality. FIES has now been accepted as SDG indicator and FAO is the custodian for this indicator.

5. FAO is supporting several countries to develop Food-Based Dietary Guidelines, as a way to influence food environment for Healthy diets. 12 African countries are being supported. Additionally for evidence-based decision making FAO is leading in the development of individual food consumption tool to capture food consumption data. We hope to expand data on the platform for about 50 countries in 3 years.

6. FAO has championed the ZHC and now many countries in Latin America and Asia have come on board to put in place interventions to address ZH. To encourage countries, FAO gives yearly awards to countries that have made the most progress on reducing hunger. FAO through SOFI monitors the state of world hunger and well as the SDG indicator on Hunger.

Assessment
On course
Basis of assessment

Targets achieved