Helsinki, 29 Jun 2015. Mobile applications (Apps) in general have quickly become the world’s most common way transmitting data and services. Apps for health and nutrition in particular hold significant potential for advancing development.The University of Helsinki, Finland just developed a new nutrition and health education program, GloCal. GloCal is designed to give accurate and need-specific information on maternal and young child nutrition and health to mothers and other caregivers.

Washington, 29 Jun 2015. The World Bank published a report on the opportunities to use “Big data in action for development”. The main focus is on the potential of big data in addressing development challenges in Central America. Big data offers an insight into the behaviour of people, but also poses serious challenges and imposes several important considerations.

Online, 29 Jun 2015. Jean-Pierre Halkin, head of the Rural Development, Food and Nutrition Security unit at the European Commission in Brussels expressed the EU’s support to the G7 Broad Food Security and Nutrition Development Approach and the German leadership of the G7 working group. In particular, the EU appreciates the progressive shift from input to impact pledge. "No more talking about billions of dollars but about millions of people,” he said on the phone with the secretariat. Extremely important was the G7’s new definition of food and nutrition security within the agreed broad agenda. Such definition allows for a profound change of the global food system, which is indeed of great importance to the practitioners of the international agriculture and rural development donor community, international institutions, governments and rural people.

Online, 29 Jun 2015. One-third of all edible food produced is lost or wasted each year: That’s 1.3 billion tonnes. The UN’s proposed Sustainable Development Goal 12 aims at a 50% reduction in food waste per capita at the retail and consumer level and includes general recommendation on reducing food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses. The HLPE report “Food Losses and Waste in the Context of Sustainable Food Systems” synthesizes state-of-the-art knowledge about best food waste reduction practices and suggests a way forward. This policy brief synopsizes the HLPE report’s major conclusions, including definitions, challenges to food waste prevention, future pathways and finally provides an overview of important on-going regional and global initiatives.

Online, 24 Jun 2015. Back in 2009 CCAFS reviewed what was then known about the impacts of climate change on livestock systems in developing countries. The review concluded that there are extensive knowledge gaps on how climate change and livestock would interplay and impact each other. to try and close this gap, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has produced a Working Paper summarising recent scientific findings on the topic. The working paper study is focused primarily on livestock and climate impacts for Africa, but many findings, especially adaptation measures, can be applied globally.

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