Recommended Reading

The Food Security and Nutrition working group highlights 10 publications and web articles


2018-2022 National Multi-Sector Nutrition Policy and Strategic Plan of Malawi

The new policy aims at ensuring that evidence-based, high-impact nutrition interventions are developed and implemented at scale. It is in line with the National Development Strategy, which considers nutrition as a priority area under the social development thematic area. See also the SUN web article on the launch of the policy on 20 June in Lilongwe.

RIMA-II: Moving Forward the Development of the Resilience Index Measurement and Analysis Model

RIMA is an innovative quantitative approach that allows explaining why and how some households cope with shocks and stressors better than others do. The first version of RIMA has been technically improved. As a result, the second version provides better support for more effectively designing, delivering, monitoring and evaluating assistance to populations in need, based on what they need most.

Strengthening the Links Between Resilience and Nutrition in Food and Agriculture

This brief summarizes the thinking on nutrition and resilience from a food and agriculture perspective and discusses the linkages between the two agendas from a conceptual, strategic and operational point of view. A full paper on nutrition and resilience developed by FAO focuses on food and agriculture but some of the concepts and recommendations may be applicable to other sectors.

FAO Dietary Assessment – A resource guide to method selection and application in low resource settings

This manual aims to signpost the best way to measure food and nutrient intakes and to enhance their understanding of the key features, strengths and limitations of various methods.

The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018 (SOFIA)

The 2018 edition of The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture emphasizes the sector’s role in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs and measurement of progress towards these goals.

The State of the World’s Forests 2018 (SOFO)

This edition of The State of the World’s Forests is aimed at enhancing our understanding of how forests and their sustainable management contribute to achieving several of the SDGs.

Policy Options for Improving Drought Resilience and its Implication for Food Security

This study by DIE and UNCCD critically examines the drought policies and institutional frameworks of two African countries frequently challenged by droughts – Ethiopia and Kenya. Solutions are at hand to mitigate the effects of droughts even in poor countries and vulnerable communities.

Water for Food Security: Lessons Learned from a Review of Water-Related Interventions

ODI report commissioned by WfP: The majority of the world’s 800 million food-insecure people live in regions where water and food security are intimately linked. Tackling the underlying causes of food insecurity therefore means addressing a set of livelihood vulnerabilities, including access to water for domestic and productive uses.

Hunger Safety Net Programme – Soziale Sicherung in Turkana County im Norden Kenias 

Seit 2008 hilft das “Hunger Safety Net Programme” im Norden Kenias Menschen mit regelmäßigen Geldtransfers, ein menschenwürdiges Dasein zu führen und teilweise sogar, sich aus der Armut zu befreien. Karin Gaesing und Anika Mahla haben Arbeitsweise und Wirkungen des Programms untersucht und dabei auch beispielhaft Erfolgsgeschichten dokumentiert.

Ernährungssicherung: Eine entwicklungspolitische Bewertung ausgewählter Handlungsfelder

Die Studie von Anika Mahla et al. legt zunächst auf theoretischer Ebene die Ursachen von Ernährungsunsicherheit dar und gibt einen Überblick über die agrarentwicklungspolitischen Konzepte der letzten Dekaden. Abschließend werden wichtige Maßnahmen, wie die Förderung von Geschlechtergerechtigkeit oder Landzugang im Kampf gegen Unterernährung beleuchtet.

History of Modern Nutrition Science—Implications for Current Research, Dietary Guidelines, and Food Policy

Dariush Mozaffarian and colleagues describe how the history of modern nutrition science has shaped current thinking. Although food and nutrition have been studied for centuries, modern nutritional science is surprisingly young. The first vitamin was isolated and chemically defined in 1926, less than 100 years ago, ushering in a half-century of discovery focused on single nutrient deficiency diseases. Research on the role of nutrition in complex non-communicable chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancers, is even more recent, accelerating over the past two or three decades and especially after 2000.