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The Sphere Handbook. New Edition

Sphere, (2018)

Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response. The 2018 Sphere Handbook builds on the latest developments and learning in the humanitarian sector. Among the improvements of the new edition, readers will find a stronger focus on the role of local authorities and communities as actors of their own recovery. Guidance on context analysis to apply the standards has also been strengthened. New standards have also been developed, informed by recent practice and learning, such as WASH and healthcare settings in disease outbreaks, security of tenure in shelter and settlement, and palliative care in health. Different ways to deliver or enable assistance, including cash-based assistance, are also integrated into the Handbook.

The state of food security and nutrition in the world 2018. In brief

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD),UNICEF, et al., (2018)

Building climate resilience for food security and nutrition. 821 million people now hungry and over 150 million children stunted, putting hunger eradication goal at risk Please download the full report from the website: (22 MB!!!)

Supporting Transition by Reducing Food Insecurity and Undernutrition among the Most Vulnerable: Standard Project Report 2017

World Food Programme (WFP), (2017)

In view of the ongoing political, peace and reconciliation, administrative and economic reforms as well as plans to establish the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) in 2018, WFP extended the current Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO 200299), launched in January 2013, by two years to include 2016 and 2017, with approved budget USD 343 million. To echo this extension and provide a more appropriate response to the country's rapid and multi-pronged transition, WFP adopted a transition strategy with gradually reduced emphasis on humanitarian assistance and greater focus on early recovery and development interventions. WFP's strategic engagement in-country was driven by the overarching goal to assist Myanmar to achieve the national Zero Hunger Challenge by 2025, and was guided by three priorities: emergency preparedness and response; nutrition; and provision of social safety nets.

WHO Nutrient Profile Model for South-East Asia Region

World Health Organization (WHO), Regional Office for South-East Asia, (2017)

To implement the set of recommendations on the marketing of foods and non-alcoholic beverages to children
With the growing obesity crisis among children, WHO and other public health advocates and consumer groups have called for restrictions on advertising of ‘unhealthy foods’ high in salt, sugar and fat to children. Each day, children in the South East Asia Region are exposed to large volume of marketing of unhealthy foods that may influence children’s food preferences and consumption patterns and is associated with childhood overweight and obesity.
The definition of ‘unhealthy’ is debatable, and therefore, an objective method of describing foods as healthy or unhealthy is needed. A nutrient profile model does just that and therefore, a nutrition profile model for South East Asia was developed. The model is consistent with international guidance for preventing chronic disease and is a simple system with clear cut-offs for defining which foods are not suitable for advertising to children.

Ambition and Action in Nutrition 2016-2025

World Health Organization (WHO), (2017)

WHO’s Ambition and Action in Nutrition 2016-2025 is anchored in the six global targets for improving maternal, infant and young child nutrition and the global diet-related NCD targets.
In support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly SDG2 and SDG3, and in concert with the 2016-2025 UN Decade of Action on Nutrition, WHO’s Ambition and Action in Nutrition 2016-2025 aims for “A world free from all forms of malnutrition where all people achieve health and well-being”. It defines the unique value of WHO for advancing nutrition: the provision of leadership, guidance and monitoring and proposes a theory of change. Finally, following a set of guiding principles, it proposes priority actions for WHO, the delivery model and a clear allocation of roles across the Organization.

A practice guide to effective population-based food policy actions to promote healthy diets

World Health Organization (WHO), Regional Office for South-East Asia, (2017)

This publication provides directions for a logical, evidence informed approach to selecting, developing, implementing and monitoring population-based interventions within the context of the double-burden of malnutrition in South-East Asia. The focus of this guide is on processed or ultra-processed pre-packaged foods.

Codex Standards in the WHO South-East Asia Region

World Health Organization (WHO), Regional Office for South-East-Asia, (2018)

Food related outbreaks in the increasingly complex global food chain could involve multiple countries across continents since sourcing of raw materials and manufacturing processes transcend national boundaries. Codex standards, guidelines and recommendations are the benchmarks for national health and safety requirements for food. Codex standards are recognized in the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures of the World Trade Organization. The standards, guidelines and recommendations adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission represent the international consensus regarding health and safety requirements for food, which are critical for public health and well-being. The report provides information on the standards for food safety in the food trade relating to existing Codex texts in Member States of the WHO South-East Asia Region.

Tracking aid for the WHA nutrition targets: Global spending in 2015 and a roadmap to better data

Alimonte, Mary D'; Thacher, Emily; LeMier, Ryan; Clift, Jack, Eds.: Results for Development (R4D), (2018)

In 2017, the World Bank and partners created the Global Investment Framework for Nutrition as a roadmap towards achieving the World Health Assembly (WHA) nutrition targets by 2025. The framework estimates that the world needs to mobilize an annual additional investment of $7 billion per year to scale-up nutrition-specific interventions at the level needed to achieve the global targets. However, the world is off-track to meet the global targets. And it is unclear whether additional resources will be mobilized for life-saving and cost-effective nutrition-specific interventions, or whether donor support will be enough to meet the annual resource need established by the framework.

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