The 2021 Global Nutrition Report provides the latest data-focused findings on the global state of diets and nutrition. Ahead of the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit on 7-8 December, the GNR's Nutrition Accountability Framework supports and tracks SMART commitment- making by stakeholders, including governments, donors, civil society organizations, businesses and others.
1. To meet global nutrition targets in most countries, we need greatly accelerated progress. Globally, we are off track to meet five out of six global maternal, infant and young children nutrition (MIYCN) targets, on stunting, wasting, low birth weight, anaemia and childhood overweight. The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are knocking us further off course.
2. Our diets are increasingly harming our health and the planet.
Diets worldwide are far from being healthy and have not improved over the last decade. Despite some variation between regions, no region meets recommendations for healthy diets. Achieving healthy diets and ending malnutrition has become an even greater challenge than before, particularly for the most vulnerable groups such as people in poverty, women and children, and populations living in fragile states.
3. The financial costs of addressing poor diets and malnutrition have risen while resources are falling, but the costs of inaction are far greater. The total economic gains to society of investing in nutrition could reach US$5.7 trillion a year by 2030, and ways to improve the efficiency of existing nutrition interventions exist as do untapped opportunities for innovative financing for nutrition.
4. The new Nutrition Accountability Framework is an opportunity for countries and stakeholders to make SMART commitments to improve nutrition and future diet-related goals.