Global Nutrition Report 2017: Nourishing the SDGs

Global Nutrition Report 2017: Nourishing the SDGs

Improving nutrition must be a top priority in efforts to end poverty, fight disease, raise educational standards, and/or tackle climate change, a report from Development Initiatives Poverty Research argues. According to The Global Nutrition Report 2017: Nourishing the SDGs (115 pages, PDF), the number of chronically and acutely malnourished children worldwide is not falling fast enough to meet internationally agreed goals, including Sustainable Development Goal target 2.2, which calls for ending all forms of malnutrition by 2030. According to the report, 155 million children under the age of 5 are stunted globally, with the number rising in Africa due to population growth, while 52 million children are underweight for their height. At the same time, two billion adults and 41 million children around the world are overweight or obese. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Kingdom's Department for International Development, USAID, and Irish Aid, the report argues that addressing the underlying causes of malnutrition could serve as a catalyst for achieving the SDGs and identifies five core areas a focus on nutrition could contribute to and benefit from — sustainable food production, robust infrastructure, better health systems, equity and inclusion, and peace and stability.