Nutrition Impact Assessment Tool : UNSCN Discussion Paper

This discussion paper presents a tool that will help to ensure that nutrition considerations are explicitly addressed and incorporated into development and policy decision-making processes. 


Full Discussion paper: English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, Chinese

Policy brief: English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, Chinese

The author of the discussion paper is Dr. Anna Herforth, Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University, US.

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Outcomes and processes for accountability are sorely needed for assessing the impact of food systems policies on nutrition.

The Framework for Action includes an adopted set of recommendations on actions ensuring that food systems become more sustainable and promote diverse and healthy diets.

Among those is Recommendation 8: that "encourages countries to review national policies and investments and integrate nutrition objectives into food and agriculture policy, programme design and implementation, to enhance nutrition sensitive agriculture, ensure food security and enable healthy diets". In addition, other recommendations refer to actions in related policy areas including trade, investment and social protection.

Purpose of the discussion paper: 

Governments, moving forward with implementing the The Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2; FAO of the UN) outcomes, are seeking guidance on how to assess whether their actions from policy formulation to programmatic implementation, promote healthy diets and contribute to improved nutrition.

Therefore, a decision-making support instrument aimed to identifying, predicting, evaluating and mitigating relevant nutrition-related effects of policies and programmes prior to major decisions being taken is needed.

This instrument will help to ensure that nutrition considerations are explicitly addressed and incorporated into development and policy decision-making processes.

The instrument will provide decision-makers with an analysis of all relevant aspects of nutrition in a country' specific situation and context, so that decisions are informed by all the information available.


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