The report shows that despite an unprecedented number of commitments made, including over US$ 42.6 billion in financial investments, more needs to be done.
“We really need to scale up what we are doing in terms of closing the financing gap required to end malnutrition,” Professor Di Cesare said.
“We need to think how commitments from different stakeholders can be sustainable, how we can be more inclusive in the type of commitment we are making, and also how we can diversify in the type of funding that we are committing for fighting poor diet and malnutrition,” she added.
As well as sitting on the independent expert group responsible for the report, Professor Di Cesare was lead author on two of its chapters.
Her chapter on Governments: Tackling poor diets and malnutrition domestically shows that governments have boosted efforts to tackle poor diets and malnutrition in all its forms, and that the main focus is on tackling maternal, infant and young child nutrition outcomes such as stunting, wasting, anaemia and exclusive breastfeeding. It also shows that less effort is put into tackling obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases.
“Governments have a fundamental responsibility and authority to safeguard their populations’ nutrition, resilience and wellbeing through wide-ranging actions. Low- and lower-middle-income countries are contributing dramatically to tackling poor diets and malnutrition in all its forms and are showing a high degree of collective responsibly,” Professor Di Cesare explained.
Her second chapter on International organisations, including multilaterals shows how international organisations play an essential role in the fight against poor diet and malnutrition and makes recommendations on how their impact could be enhanced.
In particular, the chapter highlights how international organisations are vital in setting agendas, promoting coordinated nutrition action across the globe and championing action where it is needed most.
Gerda Verburg, former Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement said: “Professor Di Cesare rightly highlights the governments’ responsibility and country's ownership of their nutrition commitments. She demonstrates the inspirational response from countries in committing to safeguard nutrition gains made over the past decade, in the face of extraordinary challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the food and nutrition crises due to the war in Ukraine, multiple climate shocks, and escalating costs.
“While outlining country ownership and how countries are holding themselves accountable through the first ever Nutrition Accountability Framework, she also highlights the key role international organisations and stakeholders can play and how much more can be achieved when they are aligned behind the country-owned and country-centred national priorities."
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