Progress in reducing food insecurity and undernutrition has slowed and in some cases reversed in the wake of food price spikes and the global economic downturn. Addressing food insecurity and undernutrition is vital to achieving the MDGs.
Led by Dolf te Lintelo, this programme will focus on how agriculture can deliver better nutrition outcomes by developing evidence-based policy options and tools for businesses, governments, NGOs and donors. The programme will test metrics and mechanisms for monitoring hunger and nutrition commitments. This research will enable policy actors to support greater private sector investment in pro-nutrition agriculture and to respond more quickly to hunger crises. The new evidence generated by IDS and its partners will also equip civil society to more effectively monitor national and international commitments on undernutrition and hunger reduction.
Lawrence Haddad is the UK representative on the UN Committee on World Food Security’s High Level Panel of Experts. He was one of the Lead Experts on the UK Government’s Foresight’s Project on the Future of Food and Farming. Hunger and nutrition has long been a particular focus of IDS’s Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction team which houses the Centre for Social Protection.
In 2011 IDS worked with Irish Aid to lead the launch of the Hunger Reduction Commitment Index along with Save the Children Action Aid and Trocaire.