Global Nutrition Report 2017: Nourishing the SDGs
This report (PDF) by Development Initiatives shows that ending malnutrition in all its forms will catalyze improved outcomes across the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The analysis shows there are five core areas that run through the SDGs to which nutrition can contribute, and in turn, benefit from: 1) sustainable food production, 2) strong systems of infrastructure, 3) health systems, 4) equity and inclusion, and 5) peace and stability. There is an exciting opportunity to achieving global nutrition targets while catalyzing other development goals through ‘double duty’ actions, which tackle more than one form of malnutrition at once. These will increase the effectiveness and efficiency of investment of time, energy and resources to improve nutrition. Likewise, potential ‘triple duty actions’, which tackle malnutrition and other development challenges, could yield multiple benefits across the SDGs. Additionally, the report highlights that data gaps are hindering accountability and progress. To improve nutrition universally better, more regular, detailed and disaggregated data are needed. There is significant opportunity for financing a more integrated approach to improving nutrition universally. The bigger opportunity is for governments and others to invest in nutrition in an integrated way, across sectors that impact nutrition outcomes indirectly. To achieve this transformative vision, governments, non-governmental organisations, the development community and businesses must change their ways of working. It is not just about more money; it is also about breaking down silos and addressing nutrition in a joined-up way.