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UN/SCN News 40: Changing Food Systems for Better Nutrition

In Over-nutrition, Under-nutrition on April 21, 2014 at 6:13 pm


(from the UN/SCN web site)

With growing attention to nutrition-agriculture linkages, understanding how to create nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food systems is an essential task for the future. This edition of SCN News, entitled, ‘Changing Food Systems for Better Nutrition‘ provides an overview and insights on how to change food systems for better nutrition.

This edition feature papers looking at what is going on now in terms of programming and policies, and also papers considering how to accomplish change. The case studies provide concrete examples of how countries and cities are integrating agriculture and nutrition.
This edition also contains an interview with Alan Berg, one of the nutrition pioneers, and provides an enlightening testimony of an individual’s efforts to bring nutrition and agriculture together. It also tells the story of a nutritionist winning a Grammy Award.

Access the complete SCN News 40 now and happy reading !!


WFP: Introducing the CARI (Consolidated Approach for Reporting Indicators of Food Security) | VAM Resource Center

In Under-nutrition on April 7, 2014 at 8:45 am



The Consolidated Approach for Reporting Indicators of Food Security (or CARI)  is a WFP method used to analyse and report the level of food insecurity within a population.

Under the CARI approach, each surveyed household is classified into one of four food security categories.  This classification is based on the household’s current status of food security (using food consumption indicators) and their coping capacity (using indicators measuring economic vulnerability and asset depletion).

Instead of rambling on about the CARI here, we recommend you check out these resources below:

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IFPRI: 2012 Global Food Policy Report

In Under-nutrition on March 23, 2013 at 5:37 am

G8 summit 2012: list of food corporations engaged in increasing food and nutrition security. Hopefully.

In Under-nutrition on June 3, 2012 at 7:30 am

The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition was announced on the occasion of the 3rd Annual Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security, a May 2012 event at which President Barack Obama gave a keynote address.

This may work as a potential donor resource for nutrition interventions worldwide. Yes, but to be taken cum granum salis. For instance Richardson writes:

“The G8 scheme does nothing to address the problems that are at the core of hunger and malnutrition but will serve only to further poverty and inequality”.

Read here more from Richardson.

There is a risk there, true. However, there are also  fruitful collaborations currently happening in this area of global public-private sector to eradicate hunger. Time will tell.

If interested, look at the Scaling-up Nutrition initiative and Gain. Most of these initiatives, including their projected costs, are explored by the World Bank in an interesting recent report.

Click here for the  complete corporation list and their commitments, further critique points, resources and articles.


Global corporations involved in the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition

Agco Corp: Commitment to “invest $100 million over the next three years to implement model farms and training centers aimed at improving productivity for 25,000 smallholder farmers ranging from Ethiopia to Mozambique.”
Diageo: Commitment to a $1.5 million barley farming project in Sebeta, Ethiopia and a $2 million “scalable sorghum value chain project” in Mogoro, Tanzania.
DuPont: Commitments to “invest more than $3 million over the next three years to help smallholder farmers in Ethiopia to achieve food security” and to sponsor “an innovative Global Food Security Index being developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to measure the drivers of food security across 105 countries.”
Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd: Commitment to spend $375 million in Nigeria, Kenya, and Rwanda.
Monsanto: Commitment for $50 million “over the next ten years to support sustained Africa agricultural development and growth.” The funding will go, in part, to Tanzania’s Kilimo Kwanza (Agriculture First) initiative.
Swiss Re
Syngenta: Commitment to make “seed product packs tailored to African farmers” and to “to build a $1 billion business in Africa over the next 10 years.”[7][8]
United Phosphorus Limited
Vodafone: Commitment for “improved telecommunications access.”
Yara International: Commitment to “build Africa’s first major fertilizer production facility.

African corporations:

Ghana Nuts
Guts Agro Industries
Hilina Enriched Foods
Omega Farms (Ethiopia)
Premium Foods
Selous Farming
Tanseed: Commitment to “purchase improved seeds from contract growers and package them in small packaging so they can market them specifically to small-scale farmers”[12]
Zemen Bank
Global Company Value Chain Initiatives:

Africa Cashew Initiative:

Oltremare SRL
Trade and Development Group

World Cocoa Foundaiton:


Competitive African Cotton Initiative

Industrial Promotion Services – West Africa
Plexus Cotton Limited

Private Sector Entities Signing the Private Sector Statement of Support:

Admas Farmers Cooperative Union
African Export‐Import Bank
Agricultural Council of Tanzania
AgriServ Ltd
AICO Africa Ltd
Archer Daniels Midland Company
Armajaro Trading Ltd
Asset Management Group Limited
Bayer CropScience AG
Becho‐Weliso Farmers Cooperative Union
Brainchild Tanzania
Bunge Limited
Cargill, Incorporated
Diageo plc
Dunavant SA
DuPont Company
Ecobank Group
Equity Bank Ltd
Export Trading Group (ETG)
Finatrade Group
Ghana National Association of Farmers and Fishermen
Ghana Nuts Ltd
Guts Agro Industry PLC
Hakan Agro DMCC
Heineken N.V.
Hilina Enriched Foods PLC
Kafoi Estates Limited
Kraft Foods
L.T. Foods Ltd.
Lonrho Plc
Mullege PLC
Netafim Ltd.
Novozymes A/S
Oltremare SRL
Omega Farms, PLC
Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union
Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana
Plexus Cotton Limited
Premium Foods Ltd
Private Enterprise Foundation/Federation of Assocations of Ghanaian Exporters
Rabobank Group
Savanna Farmers Marketing Co.
Sea‐Freight Pineapple Exporters of Ghana
Selous Farming Ltd
Shambani Graduates Enterprises Ltd
TaherInvest Group
TAK Agro
Tanseed International Ltd
Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA)
Tanzania Seed Trade Association (TASTA)
Vital Capital Fund
Yara International ASA
Zemen Bank

(Source: Sourcewatch)

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