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21 December 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

The UN Network for SUN/REACH Secretariat has developed, in consultation with UN partner agencies, the Compendium of Actions for Nutrition (CAN), which provides information on potential multi-sectoral actions.

IFAD provides US$114.5 million to boost small-scale irrigation systems in Ethiopia. The second phase of the Participatory Small-scale Irrigation Development Program will benefit over 100,000 small farmers through improved prosperity, food security and nutrition.

80 percent of the UN's 193 member states are off track from meeting at least one of six key SDG targets by 2030, according to a Brookings Institution assessment.

Progress to defeat hunger is slowing in Asia-Pacific and obesity is on the rise, according to new FAO report. Countries must increase the pace of improvement if the region is to achieve the SDG target of zero hunger by 2030.

Study by FAO researchers concludes that agriculture can affect the underlying causes of nutrition through several pathways, but better measures are needed for a number of key outcomes that agriculture can impact, such as dietary quality and women’s empowerment.

Now available: Bangladesh Integrated Household Survey dataset on agricultural production, dietary intake, anthropometric measurements, and women’s empowerment. The data has been downloaded over 10,000 times since it was published on December 8. 

How can businesses, the public sector and NGOs engage in productive alliances in the fight against malnutrition? The 26th annual Martin J. Forman memorial lecture, delivered by Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, examined options.
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