Food and Nutrition in Numbers

Overcoming malnutrition in all of its forms - caloric undernourishment, micronutrient deficiencies and obesity - requires a combination of interventions in different areas that guarantee the availability of and access to healthy diets. Among the key areas, interventions are required in food systems, public health systems and the provision of safe water and sanitation. This pocketbook not only focuses on indicators of food security and nutritional outcomes but also on the determinants that contribute to healthy lives.

The document notes that by presenting data gaps, it is hoped it will bring about greater efforts to collect the necessary information, because only with timely and reliable data can interventions be designed and targeted towards those in most need. Wherever available, disaggregated data by gender have been provided. Such data are indeed key to mainstreaming gender in policies and programmes.

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