Despite the increasing attention on food and nutrition issues in international development debates, there is still a lack of cross-cutting approaches that address synergies between relevant sectors such as agriculture, education, health, and social protection. Approaches are also lacking the focus on the ‘1,000 day window’ in a child´s life, in which irreversible damage from malnutrition can be avoided. As a result, many people, particularly women of reproductive age and young children are still suffering from undernourishment and malnutrition. Moreover, in many developing countries across the world reliable data on the food and nutrition situation of the population is missing, thus hampering development approaches.
The Global Programme Food and Nutrition Security, Enhanced Resilience – financed by the BMZ´s ONE WORLD, No Hunger initiative - aims at improving the food and nutrition situation of women and small children by tackling these gaps. In an attempt to gather relevant data for intervention decisions that takes into account the specific context of each country yet maintains the comparability of data, the Global Program conducted standardized baseline surveys in ten of its eleven project countries.
In cooperation with Bioversity International’s leading expert on food and nutrition security Gina Kennedy, the vast amount of data that includes cutting-edge indicators such as the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES) and Minimum Dietary Diversity for Women (MDD-W) was synthesized and first recommendations provided. The Programme conducted interviews with more than 3,500 women living in rural areas in Africa and Asia. The results were presented by Gina Kennedy on 16 September 2016 in Bonn, Germany.