Securing a healthy nutrition – a topic that affects every country in the world.
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The “Global Nutrition Report 2014” (GNR), presented in Berlin/Germany in early June, uses more than 80 indictors to demonstrate how hunger and malnutrition as well as obesity can be combated world-wide.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) put the number of people suffering from hunger world-wide at less than 800 million in late May 2015. In comparison to the report period from 1990 to 1992, the number dropped by 216 million to 795 million people. According to FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva, the first steps have been taken towards eliminating hunger world-wide within a lifetime.

While hunger and nutrient deficiencies above all affect the countries of the South, more and more people in the industrialised countries and emerging economies are suffering from over-nutrition. In spite of this, the word “nutrition” crops up only once in the 169 targets of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), as Lawrence Haddad of the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) noted presenting the “Global Nutrition Report (GNR) 2014“ in Berlin/Germany. Undernutrition and malnutrition were a global problem that could be tackled.

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