Global Nutrition Report 2014: Actions and accountability to accelerate the world’s progress on nutrition

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At the 2013 Nutrition for Growth Summit in London, 96 signatories (governments, civil society organizations, donors, United Nations’ agencies, and businesses) agreed to support the creation of an annual report on global nutrition that would be authored by an independent expert group, in partnership with a large number of contributors. The first edition of this report, the Global Nutrition Report 2014, puts a spotlight on worldwide progress by the 193 member countries of the United Nations in improving their nutrition status, identifies bottlenecks to change, highlights opportunities for action, and contributes to strengthened nutrition accountability on country and global levels.
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This report was produced by an Independent Expert Group (IEG) empowered by the Global Nutrition Report Stakeholder Group. The writing was a collective effort by the IEG members, supplemented by additional analysts and writers. They are all listed here:
Lawrence Haddad, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC; Endang Achadi, University of Indonesia, Jakarta; Mohamed Ag Bendech, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome; Arti Ahuja, Women and Child Development, Odisha, India; Komal Bhatia, Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK; Zulfiqar Bhutta, Center for Global Child Health, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada, and Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan; Monika Blössner, World Health Organization, Geneva; Elaine Borghi, World Health Organization, Geneva; Esi Colecraft, University of Ghana, Accra; Mercedes de Onis, World Health Organization, Geneva; Kamilla Eriksen, University of Cambridge, UK; Jessica Fanzo, Columbia University, New York; Rafael Flores-Ayala, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta; Patrizia Fracassi, Scaling Up Nutrition Secretariat, Geneva; Elizabeth Kimani, African Population and Health Research Centre, Nairobi; Eunice Nago, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin; Julia Krasevec, United Nations Children’s Fund, New York; Holly Newby, United Nations Children’s Fund, New York; Rachel Nugent, University of Washington, Seattle; Stineke Oenema, Interchurch organization for development cooperation (ICCO) Alliance, Utrecht, Netherlands; Yves Martin-Prével, Institut de recherche pour le développement, Marseille, France; Judith Randel, Development Initiatives, Bristol, UK; Jennifer Requejo, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, World Health Organization, Geneva; Tara Shyam, Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK; Emorn Udomkesmalee, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand; and K Srinath Reddy, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi
Authors of the panels in this report, and their affiliations, are as follows:
Endang Achadi (with acknowledgment to Sudarno Sumarto and Taufik Hidayat), University of Indonesia, Jakarta; Jose Luis Alvarez, Action Against Hunger UK (ACF), London; Michael Anderson, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, London; Fernando Arriola, Secretaría de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional, Guatemala; Komal Bhatia, Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK; Claire Blanchard, Save the Children UK, London; Jennifer Bryce and colleagues, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA; Jesús Bulux, Secretaría de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional, Guatemala; Shruthi Cyriac, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC; Andrew Dillon, Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA; Kamilla Eriksen, University of Cambridge, UK; Jessica Fanzo, Columbia University, New York; Joel Gittelsohn, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA; Carla Guillén, Secretaría de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional, Guatemala; Lawrence Haddad, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC; Corinna Hawkes, World Cancer Research Fund International, London; Derek Headey, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC; Cecibel Juárez, Secretaría de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional, Guatemala; Inge Kauer, Access to Nutrition Foundation, Utrecht, Netherlands; Joyce Kinabo, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania; Patrick Kolsteren, Ghent University, Belgium; Annamarie Kruger, North-West University, South Africa; Carl Lachat, Ghent University, Belgium; Purnima Menon, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC; Eunice Nago, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin; Nicholas Nisbett, Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK; Deanna Kelly Olney, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC; Marcellin Ouédraogo, Helen Keller International, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Abdoulaye Pedehombga, Helen Keller International, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Clara Picanyol, Oxford Policy Management, Oxford, UK; Jennifer Requejo, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, World Health Organization, Geneva; Marie Ruel, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington DC; Lisa Smith, TANGO International, Tucson, USA; Boyd Swinburn, University of Auckland, New Zealand; Dolf te Lintelo, Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK; Jonathan Tench, SUN Business Network; Otto Velasquez, Secretaría de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional, Guatemala; Daniel Wang, Harvard School of Public Health, Cambridge, USA; Walter Willett, Harvard School of Public Health, Cambridge, USA

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Intl Food Policy Res Inst
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Nov 13, 2014
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118
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9780896295643
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