NOW AVAILABLE: The 2016 Global Nutrition Report

Report highlights role of public policies on the advancement of food and nutrition security in Brazil

The latest edition of the Global Nutrition Report was launched simultaneously in multiple locations around the world on 14 June 2016. The publication acts as a report card on the world’s nutrition — globally, regionally, and country by country—and on efforts to improve it. It assesses progress in meeting Global Nutrition Targets established by the World Health Assembly. 

According to the report, a third of the people worldwide are either undernourished or overweight, driving increasing rates of disease and piling pressure on health services. The document points out that malnutrition is responsible for nearly half of all deaths of children under five worldwide. The evidence also shows that rates of obese or overweight people are rising in every region of the world, and in nearly every country.

The 2016 edition of the Global Nutrition Report highlights as well the changes in Brazil’s nutrition status. The country is presented as one of the best examples of how a nation can build a strong political commitment to nutrition. After instituting a series of strategies implemented through public policy, Brazil has experienced structural changes that have drastically transformed its nutrition landscape. The report provides examples of these policies on food and nutrition security.

The WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger contributed to the Report with the panel “Reorienting Public Procurement towards Nutrition”, part of Chapter 6.  Wrote by the Centre’s Director, Daniel Balaban, and his assistant, Mariana Rocha, the panel explains how the use of public procurement has helped Brazil to tackle hunger while fostering smallholder agriculture and promoting healthy eating habits. 

The Global Nutrition Report is supported by a wide-ranging group of stakeholders and delivered by an Independent Group of Experts, in partnership with a large number of external contributors. The World Food Programme is a Global Nutrition Report Partner.

Click here to download the report and the executive summary.