The Global Nutrition Report 2014

Malnutrition leads to 11 per cent of gross national product being squandered as a result of lives lost, less learning in school, less earning in the workplace, and days lost to illness, argues the report.

The Global Nutrition Report 2014, the first-ever of its kind provides a comprehensive narrative and analysis on the state of the world’s nutrition. The report released in November 2014 by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), convenes existing processes, highlights progress in combating malnutrition and identifies gaps and proposes ways to fill them. Through this, the report will help to guide action, build accountability and spark increased commitment for further progress towards reducing malnutrition much faster.

According to the report, malnutrition, under nutrition, excess weight and obesity are conditions posing severe consequences for survival, for morbidity, and for the ability of individuals, the economy and society to thrive. In relation to the scale that these problems imply, the allocation of public resources to their prevention and amelioration is minuscule. Resources to specific nutrition programmes amount to a small fraction of one per cent of domestic or aid budgets.

The aim of the report therefore is to empower nutrition champions at the national level to better inform policy decisions and to strengthen the case for increased resources. A repository of global and country-level nutrition data and analysis, the report also provides civil society organisations (CSOs), donors, governments, the business sector, researchers, the media and engaged citizens with evidence of the current scale of malnutrition, the measures being taken to combat it, as well as highlighting what more needs to be done. 

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