Aiming to increase its interventions for nutrition, France published its 2016-2020 roadmap for action in the area of nutrition assistance, ‘Improving nutrition for vulnerable populations’. The roadmap identifies five main guidelines: 1) integrate nutrition in programs implemented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE), 2) contribute to better consideration of nutrition-related issues in partner countries, 3) contribute to strengthened international and European mobilization for nutrition, 4) contribute to research and knowledge development on nutrition, and 5) contribute to education around nutrition.
The French government has chosen to prioritize eight countries for these actions: Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Laos, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, the Central African Republic, and Chad.
According to the new Global Food Policy Report 2017, increasing urbanization and population growth threaten to increase malnutrition in much of the developing world, requiring policies that boost access to healthy foods and that better connect rural producers with urban consumers. The report, published by the International Food Policy Research Institute, provides both a review of progress against malnutrition in 2016 and a look ahead at the world's most pressing food challenges.
The report highlights significant reductions in hunger in key countries and decreased food prices globally. However, persistent challenges include the need to strengthen value chains, make critical investments in infrastructure investments, improve policy coordination across jurisdictions, and the implementation of other actions to improve linkages between where food is produced and where it is increasingly consumed.
The 58th Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Investment Corporation takes place in Ascunción, Paraguay. This official gathering is a forum for discussion among the institutions' Governors, many of whom are finance ministers of the regional and non-regional member countries, central bank presidents, and advisors. Representatives from multilateral financial institutions, development agencies, and commercial and investment banks are also invited to attend.
Location: Asunción, Paraguay
Held every 2-4 years by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA), the 15th World Congress on Public Health (WCPH) is being hosted in the City of Melbourne, Australia, this coming April 3-7, 2017. The congress is intended as a forum for exchange of knowledge and experience on public health issues on the local, regional, national and global levels, including through the promotion of equality, the Sustainable Development Goals, and supporting the next generation of public health leaders. The event attracts between 2,000-4,000 delegates every year and will coincide with World Health Day on April 7, 2017. This year also commemorates the 50th anniversary of the WFPHA.
Location: Melbourne, Australia