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27 October 2016
To accelerate progress to end hunger and undernutrition around the world, the News in Brief informs partners on cutting-edge research and innovation, developments in global, regional, and national policies and programs, and timely news and events. Please feel free to share any feedback at

World Bank to invest up to US$1 billion more to end child stunting in Bangladesh. Additional investments over the next three years in early childhood development will support nutrition services and include a conditional cash transfer program targeted to 600,000 poor families in 43 sub-districts.

2016 Global Hunger Index finds hunger in developing countries as a group has fallen by 29 percent since 2000, but current pace of reducing hunger is insufficient to reach the Sustainable Development Goal of zero hunger by 2030.

New book “Good Nutrition: Perspectives for the 21st Century” explores the economics of nutrition and malnutrition and shows a range of evidence-based approaches and interventions that can improve the nutritional status of the general population as well as at-risk groups.

ReSAKSS 2015 Annual Trends and Outlook Report examines the status of nutrition in Africa and addresses how the agricultural sector can help food systems deliver more nutritious foods. The report was released during the 2016 ReSAKSS Annual Conference.

Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security now open for applications. Researchers working to impact food security are invited to apply for US$50,000 to support further development of their innovations.

The Ending Rural Hunger project maps food and nutrition security needs, policies, and resources across Africa, and notes (1) research and extension, (2) women’s enabling environments, and (3) support for nutrition as policy areas where African governments could make significant improvements. The project’s country profiles review rural food and nutrition security and efforts to end global hunger.

FAO, European Union, and World Bank create new e-learning module on “Improving Nutrition through Agriculture and Food Systems” aimed to assist professionals involved in designing and implementing nutrition-sensitive policies and investments.

New Urban Agenda adopted at Habitat III conference to set the world on a course towards sustainable urban development by rethinking how cities are planned, managed and inhabited.

Pan African Parliamentary Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition has been formed by Pan-African Parliament and FAO to mobilize political leaders and policymakers to end hunger and malnutrition by 2030.

International Symposium on December 1-2 in Rome to explore policies and program options to shape food systems to deliver healthy diets. The focus is on concrete country experiences and challenges.
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