Online, 11 Apr 2016. On 1st of April, the UN General Assembly has proclaimed a Decade of Action on Nutrition that will run from 2016 to 2025. The UN resolution aims to trigger intensified action to end hunger and eradicate malnutrition worldwide, and ensure universal access to healthier and more sustainable diets. It calls on national governments to set national nutrition targets for 2025 and milestones based on internationally agreed indicators. It also invites other stakeholders, including international and regional organizations, civil society, the private sector and academia to actively participate.

Online, 6 Apr 2016. This Special Issue of the GAP Newsletter brings us a guest editorial by Lynn Brown, GAP Catalyst and Chair of the Nutrition work stream of the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development. The newsletter provides evidence from recent research, demonstrating the inter-relationships between gender equality, women’s empowerment and improved agriculture for nutrition security.

Online, 6 Apr 2016. OECD published its review on development effectiveness in Africa for 2015. The Mutual review of Development Effectiveness (MRDE) is recognised as a tool for operationalizing mutual accountability for Africa’s development by African governments and development partners. The report analyses the policy and investment decisions made over the year that affected the continent’s development. There are four main clusters of issues included in the publication: sustainable economic growth, investment in people, good governance and financing for development.

Online, 5 Apr 2016. IFPRI has published its flagship report on major policy issues and developments in 2015 and assesses upcoming challenges for 2016. At the beginning of the post-2015 development era the report takes a critical look at the sustainable goals related to food, their targets and key obstacles for their implementation. 800 million people are hungry, 1/3 of the world’s population is malnourished and the planet is strongly affected by climate change. As it is expected that the global population will continue rising, the report pays special attention to the need to feed more people in a more efficient and sustainable manner.

Paris, 5 Apr 2016. The effective implementation of Agenda2030 will strongly depend on the development of Africa’s rural space and the rural-urban dynamics. The rapidly growing population in Africa and the expectations that urban population will rapidly increase, give even bigger importance to opening new opportunities for agriculture and the economic development of rural areas.

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