Maintaining food security – the ability of all people at all times to have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs for an active and healthy life – remains a huge challenge, despite increases in global food production in recent decades. And in recent years, amid the food, fuel and financial crises, hunger and malnutrition have grown significantly in a large number of low-income countries. Globally, more than 2 billion people suffer from deficiencies in micronutrients such as iron, zinc and vitamin A, which has serious implications for the health, survival and optimal cognitive development of vulnerable populations such as pregnant women and children in the first 1000 days of life.
Important knowledge gaps remain on how best to identify, design, implement, monitor and evaluate agriculture and food security interventions; the SecureNutrition Knowledge Platform would like to help global actors work together to fill in these gaps. We need to think critically and to carefully plan sustainable solutions that address the challenges of macro- and micronutrient sufficiency and adequacy.
Nutritional goals must be explicitly incorporated into the design and implementation of agricultural and rural development projects and policies.