Food security and climate change
Undernourished women and children under 5 could increase by 20 percent
New multi-sectoral strategies
Multi-sector approaches should be developed at the country level, aimed at developing country nutrition strategies that also integrate adaptation measures to climate change. These strategies should focus on adaptation measures to climate change, incorporating alternative sources of food, while providing the same amount of nutrients.
For example, China successfully implemented multi-sector action to address undernourishment. By combining anti-poverty policies, granting decision-making power to farm households, public investments in agriculture and market and price liberalization, the number of undernourished people fell from 194 million (16 percent of the population) in 1990–92 to 150 million (12 percent of the population) in 2001–03.
“We urge global leaders to prioritize and invest in programs and policies that help improve nutrition, particularly for mothers and children in the 1,000 day window, support the Scaling Up Nutrition movement, and commit to global and country-level targets to reduce malnutrition,” says Lucy Sullivan.
“Improving nutrition should not just be seen as a development priority for the G-20, but as an economic growth strategy for countries looking to compete globally,” say Dr. Presern.