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7 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

Malawi launches National Agriculture and Irrigation policies. The National Agriculture Policy provides a blueprint for increasing production, productivity, and real farm incomes.

Morocco launches Adaptation of African Agriculture (AAA) initiative at COP22, aiming to reduce the vulnerability of Africa’s agriculture to climate change. AAA seeks to mobilize $30 billion and is actively supported by 25 African countries, the UNFCCC, and FAO.

Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement releases annual progress report for 2016. Among the highlights: Bangladesh reduces stunting to 36.1% from 38.7% in 2011; Nepal reduces stunting to 37.4% from 40.5% in 2011; and Ecuador reduces stunting to 14% from 20.6% in 2008.

Women’s empowerment is significantly associated with maternal and child health outcomes such as antenatal care, child mortality, full vaccination, nutritional status, and exposure to violence, according to a systematic review of quantitative measures of women’s empowerment.

New study of the impacts of Asia’s Green Revolution on child nutrition finds that Bangladesh’s rapid growth in rice yields is linked to weight gain--but not height gain--in young children, and is also associated with earlier introduction of solid foods--but not dietary diversification--for infants.

FAO releases Compendium of Indicators for Nutrition-sensitive Agriculture to assist program implementers in monitoring the impact of food and agriculture investments on nutrition.

FAOSTAT increases data domains and enhances user friendliness through better search options and data filters.

Agricultural extension program using locally produced videos to promote nutrition to women's groups in rural India finds that while the nutrition content was well-received, delivering it required more time and technical support than traditional agriculture-oriented messages.

Sweet Potato for Nutrition researchers win Kuwait’s 2016 Al-Sumait Prize for African Development in food security. The team represents researchers from the International Potato Centre (CIP) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) who were recognized for implementing groundbreaking approaches to tackle and eradicate undernourishment.
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