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Joint programme on children, food security and nutrition in Afghanistan: best practices and lessons learned

Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous places for a child to be born. Its mortality rate for children younger than 5 years is ranked second in the world. Twenty five percent of children die before reaching their fifth birthday and more than half of all children are stunted. The Joint Programme on Nutrition and Food Security was designed to address the symptoms and underlying causes of under nutrition by supporting several government initiatives for addressing malnutrition. This report has identified and captured best practices and lessons learned in implementing a joint program that evolved from a consultation process with governmental counterparts, IPs, community structures and beneficiaries. It addresses challenges faced and can be used by practitioners that embrace a multisectoral approach to addressing nutrition and food security issues.

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Measuring political commitment for food and nutrition security

This document is the product of the joint efforts of the MDG-F and UNICEF to generate knowledge and provide evidence-based solutions for how to take a comprehensive look at the problem of malnutrition and food insecurity. The MDG-F promoted integrated solutions to food insecurity and malnutrition. By bringing together the expertise of various UN agencies, the MDG-F programmes have put in place multisectoral approaches that include important issues such as nutritional education, equality and empowerment of women, agricultural production and health issues, among others.

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Review of MDG-F joint programmes: key findings and achievements

The review presents the key findings and achievements of the 130 joint programmes across 50 countries supported by the MDG Achievement Fund (MDG-F) covering eight thematic areas: children, food security and nutrition; youth employment and migration; culture and development; gender equity and women’s empowerment; private sector and development; conflict prevention and peace building; environment and climate change; and democratic economic governance.

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Small-scale edible oil milling operations: alternative business models for Ethiopia

The Ethiopian government is aiming to achieve self-sufficiency in edible oil by 2015. The government is planning to ban the sale of crude oil and, compounded by input and technological challenges, this means that the future of the small-scale millers and the supply of two thirds of domestic production have become uncertain. This research study presents an analysis of the opportunities open to and the challenges faced by small-scale millers in Ethiopia, with a special emphasis on noug seed millers, as well as portrays alternative business models that will improve the competitiveness of small-scale millers and increase food safety and security.

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Role of food security and nutrition interventions in empowering women

In response to the high levels of food insecurity and under nutrition among women and young children in Bangladesh, the World Food Programme (WFP), Food and Agricultural organization (FAO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) initiated a joint programme to improve maternal and child nutrition in one of Bangladesh’s most impoverished regions. The programme, “Promoting and Protecting food Security and Nutrition for Families and children in Bangladesh” was designed to contribute towards the reduction of acute malnutrition and underweight prevalence amongst children 0-59 months and pregnant lactating women, and to reduce the proportion of the population that is food insecure. This study attempted to focus on the role of the joint interventions in enhancing women’s capabilities to increase the families’ food security and nutrition.

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Children, food security and nutrition: review of MDG-F joint programmes key findings and achievements

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) using a joint programme (JP) mode of intervention supported through its window on Children, Food Security and Nutrition programmes to halt preventable deaths caused by child hunger and poor nutrition. The window allocated US$134.5 million through 24 JPs in 4 regions - Africa, Asia & Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, and Latin America and Caribbean and represented almost 20% of the Fund’s work. The purpose of the JPs in the 24 countries was to improve the health, nutritional and education status of the poor and vulnerable households keeping in view the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) outcomes. This report consolidates the design and progress to capture the main achievements in the 24 JPs through a literature review.

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