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Policy Brief: Global food crisis impact on child wasting in vulnerable communities

Micronutrient Forum Standing Together for Nutrition 2022-11-01
Policy brief on New ST4N and IFPRI analysis on over twenty years of data demonstrating that the global food crisis is likely to dramatically increase the number of children suffering from wasting. On average, a 5% increase in the price of food will increase the risk of wasting by 9%. Coming on top of the pandemic and multiple economic, climate and conflict shocks, the global food price crisis will mostly impact children and women in low- and middle-income countries. This crisis will affect the most vulnerable, particularly mothers and children who live in poor households and in rural communities, and those in households that do not own farmland and cannot grow their own food. The current analysis calls for immediate action by global leaders to scale up life-saving nutrition interventions through urgent humanitarian assistance and to strengthen the nutrition resilience of populations facing food crises to prevent the devastating intergenerational impacts of malnutrition.
  • Climate Shocks
  • COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Economic
  • Nutrition
  • Social Support and Protection
  • Women and/or Girls
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Caribbean
  • Central Africa
  • Central America
  • Central Asia
  • East Africa
  • East Asia
  • Global
  • Latin America
  • North Africa
  • North America
  • South Asia
  • Southeast Asia
  • Southern Africa
  • West Africa
  • West Asia
  • Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs)
  • Adult women
  • Adults (men and/or women 19+ years old)
  • Children (boys and/or girls 1-10 years old)
  • Children <5 years old
  • Mothers
  • Women (adults and/or adolescents)
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Child food poverty: A nutrition crisis in early childhood

  • Research
  • Journal article
  • Report
  • Economic
  • Health
  • Nutrition
  • Other Crises
  • Ukraine War
2022-10-01
Report on the crisis of child food poverty – a state where young children are not fed the bare minimum number of food groups they need in early childhood. It presents data to illustrate how many children are experiencing food poverty, how many children are living in severe food poverty, what their diets look like, where they live – including in which households, communities and countries – and how these metrics have changed over time. The full report is available View Source

Micronutrient deficiencies among preschool-aged children and women of reproductive age worldwide: A pooled analysis of individual-level data from population-representatives

  • Research
  • Article
  • Journal article
  • Health
  • Nutrition
  • Other Crises
  • Women and/or Girls
2022-11-1
Article on the global and regional prevalence of deficiency in at least one of three micronutrients among preschool-aged children (aged 6-59 months) and non-pregnant women of reproductive age (aged 15-49 years). In this pooled analysis individual-level biomarker data for micronutrient status from nationally representative, population-based surveys was analyzed. Bayesian hierarchical logistic regression was used to estimate the prevalence of deficiency in at least one of three micronutrients for preschool-aged children (iron, zinc, and vitamin A) and for non-pregnant women of reproductive age (iron, zinc, and folate), globally and in seven regions using 24 nationally representative surveys done between 2003 and 2019. View Source

Assessing and mitigating the impact of shocks on food security and nutrition in the Asia Pacific region: Lessons from the COVID-19 response for informing the Global Food Crisis response

  • Policy
  • Research
  • Brief
  • Policy Guidance Document
  • Report
  • COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Economic
  • Food Insecurity
  • Health
  • Nutrition
  • Other Crises
  • Social Support and Protection
  • Ukraine War
  • Women and/or Girls
2022-7
Report on assessing and mitigating the impact of shocks on food security and nutrition in the Asia Pacific region to obtain lessons from the COVID-19 response for informing the Global Food Crises response. It lays out a series of studies undertaken by WFP and partners to better understand the realities of the food security and nutrition landscape since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region. These are based on experiences throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, where WFP has continually assessed household vulnerability to food and nutrition insecurity through monitoring surveys, while simultaneously providing technical assistance and operations support for programs in response to the pandemic in the Asia Pacific region. In addition to WFP’s food security monitoring reports and data made available from WFP’s Fill the Nutrient Gap analyses, this brief utilizes secondary data relevant to the crisis, as well as four documents recently published by WFP and its partners. While the focus of this brief is on the COVID-19 crisis, its lessons can be applied now and into the future. Other types of covariate shocks will create compounding problems for countries. View Source