Tenth NAV Public lecture about Nutrition in crisis

On 23 January 2023 at Antropia in Driebergen-Zeist (the Netherlands) Dutch Academy of Nutritional Sciences (NAV) will hold the tenth public lecture in English. This year, the executive director of the Micronutrient forum, an international expert organisation, Saskia Osendrap, PhD will talk about the challenges of global food and nutrition security. 

The event is held also virtually which is free of cost. 

For those who attending physically in Driebergen-Zeist (NL) is free of charge if members of NAV and €15 for non-members.

The public lecture of Saskia Osendarp is entitled:

Nutrition in crisis:

Since 2020, crises have threatened global food and nutrition security. COVID-19, climate change, and conflicts. The iceberg is much bigger. Less visible is the rise in people who can’t afford a healthy diet with micronutrient-rich foods. Inflation makes nutritious foods unaffordable for many low-income consumers even in high-income countries. Preschoolers and pregnant women are vulnerable to micronutrient deficiencies because of this. Even in high-income countries, 56% of preschool children and 69% of women of reproductive age are micronutrient deficient. Billion women and children are affected. Early micronutrient deficiencies harm health and development for life. We have a strong evidence base on a suite of cost-effective interventions across food, health, and social protection systems, unlike other health or nutrition challenges. We need to learn more about interactions and trade-offs between these interventions, micronutrient status, and interrelated crises: climate change, pandemics, conflicts, and food price inflation. Some micronutrient interventions, like increasing animal food consumption, may improve micronutrient status but harm the climate. Climate change and extreme weather threaten micronutrient content of nutritious foods, reduce yields, and increase the risk of infectious diseases, increasing people’s need for micronutrients. These interactions show the need for more integrated solutions that put nutrition, specifically micronutrient nutrition, at the centre of our efforts to build resilience in a world of overlapping shocks and crises.

The UN-Nutrition strategy (2022-2030) online launch event

On Monday, 31 October 2022, from 11:00 to 13:00 EAT, The UN-Nutrition strategy (2022-2030) will be launched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the margins of the 13th Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security (ADFNS).

The UN-Nutrition will hold a free-hybrid event titled: On the Road to 2030: Putting the UN-Nutrition strategy into practice during the age of intersecting Crisis. In order to attend this event, registration is required. 

UN Nutrition is the United Nations’ platform for inter-agency coordination and collaboration on nutrition at the international and national levels.

It is expected to eradicate global malnutrition and hunger by 2030. In this regard, progress has been made in dealing with malnutrition, overweight, and obesity, but at a slow and inconsistent pace. As a result, achieving the goals that the world has set for itself by 2030 in order to solve nutrition-related problems such as malnutrition, obesity, and so on will be difficult. As a result, to meet the goals set by 2030, this programme must accelerate development.

This event will be the first-ever UN-Nutrition strategy meeting, discussing how UN agencies, funds and programmes come together to realise the joint commitment of having “one UN for nutrition.”

The event will focus on :

  •  applying the UN-Nutrition strategy in African countries to face today’s complex challenges
  • Putting nutrition at the top of the world agenda and, in accordance with the AU’s Year of Nutrition for Africa, raising awareness of how these crises are severely influencing nutrition.
  • To remind policymakers and other decision-makers that malnutrition is preventable, linked directly or indirectly to all SDGs and that investment in nutrition yields excellent benefits.
  • To emphasise more than ever the necessity for a harmonised and coordinated effort to attain WHA nutrition goals.

It will continue concerning the two interlinked goals and three “areas of joint work” that UN-Nutrition is pursuing. 

The open-access provisional agenda is available here.

3rd International World of Microbiome Conference

28-30 April 2022
Vienna, Austria + VIRTUAL

Join this April in Vienna or online the international community of The World of Microbiome 2022 Conference.

The CME accredited scientific program is based on three carefully curated learning and networking zones to advance research, understanding & application in the world of microbiome.

The zones – Pregnancy, Birth & Infancy, Digestive & Metabolic Health, and Oral are specifically designed to bring the latest insights in each topic, highlight the interrelations between all of them and foster collaboration among clinicians, researchers, and the industry.

Make sure to take advantage of the discounted registration rates available until 12 April 2022 and secure your Conference ticket.