28 June 2021 – The HMHB Consortium has released a Commitment-making Guide for the U.N. Food System Summit (UNFSS) to aid the development of, and advocacy for, commitments and actions on women nutrition. The Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Year of Action is a historic opportunity for governments, donors, the private sector, and civil society to step up with bold policy and financial commitments towards ending malnutrition in all its forms by 2030.
Why Commitment to Women’s Nutrition Matters
Within this year, commitment to women’s nutrition is foundational to progressing all other development priorities, particularly as women and girls have been disproportionally affected by the pandemic. Evidence by Standing Together for Nutrition Consortium projects that COVID-19 will cause an additional 4.8 million maternal anemia cases – resulting in $177 million lost economic productivity. Targeted investment in women’s nutrition is needed to protect the health and build the resilience of women, children, and communities. Failing to do so would make recovery towards a healthy and sustainable future for all impossible.
The UNFSS Commitment-making Guide
The UNFSS offers a timely opportunity for the Member States and key decision-makers to work together on country action plans and innovative solutions – backed by new financial and policy commitments – to drive progress against the 2025 World Health Assembly (WHA) targets. This UNFSS Commitment Guide details narratives, opportunities, and information on the Summit architecture and action tracks, explains the connections between women’s empowerment, their nutrition, and our global food system, as well as provides example commitments to advance maternal health and nutrition.
Read the Guide