Advocacy and concerted action are needed to tackle rising rates of malnutrition

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 16 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1086
  1. Tessa Richards
  1. 1BMJ

National governments and international agencies need to mount a more vigorous and better coordinated response to improve food security and malnutrition, agreed a conference in Delhi held between 10 and 12 February on leveraging agriculture for improving nutrition and health.

Rising food prices and climate change are threatening progress towards the millennium development goals; not least the pledge to halve poverty and hunger by 2015. Advocacy was needed to increase awareness of the scale and adverse impact of malnutrition on health, productivity, and national economies, delegates agreed. Access to sufficient, adequately nutritious, and sustainably produced food should be seen as a basic human right, it was argued.

The conference, organised by the International Food Policy Research Institute, attracted around 900 participants, predominantly from …

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