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18 November 2014: Negotiations on the post-2015 agenda will begin early 2015. Ahead of this the UNSCN policy brief describes pathways through which nutrition will play a key role in the success of the SDGs and how achieving the SDGs will benefit nutrition. 

18 November 2014: The Innovative Metrics and Methods for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) calls for applications for Research Grants to Develop Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (led by LSHTM). 


18 November 2014: The Feinstein International Center at Tufts University is offering a 1 year campus based Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA) degreegeared toward mid-career professionals with field experience in humanitarian action.

18 November 2014: New blog post by Lawrence Haddad: The Teeth Behind ICN2 Commitments & Recommendations: Will They Bite or Merely Chatter? Find out more about the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) here

10 November 2014: The Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) movement independent comprehensive evaluation interim report is now available, to provide the lead group with an update on the evaluation and to share initial findings. 

Papers and publications

18 November 2014: The UN Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN) calls for contributions to SCN News 41, which will contain articles, news and publication summaries. Contributions to be submitted by 5th January 2015. Click here for more information.

18 November 2014: The FAO has published Guidelines for assessing nutrition-related knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP)a reference guide and practical tool for conducting high-quality surveys at the community level. 

18 November 2014: A recently published study in the AJCN provides evidence that ‘orange’ vitamin A maize (with higher levels of beta-carotene) increases vitamin A storage in the body and demonstrates impact of food-based interventions. 

18 November 2014: FAO and CABI have jointly published a book on improving diets and nutrition through Food-based Approaches. The book advocates for nutrition-sensitive, food-based approaches towards hunger and malnutrition. Download here.

18 November 2014: A new study has been published on barriers to access for severe acute malnutrition treatment services in Pakistan and Ethiopia: a comparative qualitative analysis. Public Health Nutrition. Click here.

18 November 2014: The CMAM Forum has recently put out a paper on 'Standards of evidence for research on 'what works' in the management of MAM' by Dr Patrick Webb. Click here to download.

18 November 2014: POSHAN launces a new series on the implementation of innovations to improve nutrition in India. Click here to find out more. 

10 November 2014: Two major documents for 2014 are now available from FAO: the State of Food and Agriculture(SOFA), and the State of Food Insecurity (SOFI). The SOFA focuses on family farms as the "backbone of agriculture for most countries". 

Tools and training

18 November 2014: The Home Fortification Network (HFN) is a growing online community of practice which aims to connect home fortification programme implementers and provide practical and technical guidance. Click here to join. 

18 November 2014: The WHO e-Library of Evidence for Nutrition Actions (eLENA) is an online library of evidence-informed guidance for nutrition interventions. Evidence for a number of interventions has recently been updated. Click here for more information.

10 November 2014: The Food Systems Academy is a new, free, online open education resource to transform our food systems. Talks can be downloaded and used for training and as a resource. 



26 November 2014: The Federation of African Nutrition Societies (FANUS) invites the nutrition community to submit abstracts for presentation at the 3rd FANUS conference in Arusha, Tanzania, 25-29 May 2015. Click here for more information.

Call for abstracts for the 2nd International Conference on Global Food Security at Cornell University, New York 11th to 14th October 2015. The gathering will use innovative means to improve understanding of the drivers of global food security. 

18 November 2014: The World Food Systems Conference 'Tackling World Food Systems Challenges' will be held in Switzerland 21st to 26th June 2015 to exchange ideas and lessons learned. Call for contributions is now open, deadline 22nd February 2015. 

18 November 2014: ACDI/VOCA is exploring hosting an event next year around nutrition-sensitive agriculture programming. They would like to gain an understanding of related issues and priorities and hear about your experiences. Email them with your thoughts. 

18 November 2014: From November 19th - 21st, the FAO and WHO will co-host the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) in Rome. See the political outcome document and Framework for Action (FFA). See full list of side events here

18 November 2014: The SUN is currently holding its annual gathering in Rome, ahead of the ICN2. More than 300 participants from 54 SUN Countries and SUN Networks are together to focus on strengthening capacity to deliver improved nutrition. Watch live

18 November 2014: A Capacity Building Workshop on Nutritional Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) will be held at the Indian Institute of Public Health, Delhi (IIPH-D) from 1st to 5th December 2014. Click here for more information. 

18 November 2014: The 2nd International Congress on Hidden Hunger will be held in Stuttgart, Germany, from 3rd to 6th March, 2015, entitled 'Hidden Hunger, Childhood Development and Long-Term Prospects for Society and Economy'

18 November 2014: The Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition will hold a side event at the ICN2 on Thursday 20th November on 'enhancing the impact of agriculture and food policies on nutrition'. Click here for more information. 

18 November 2014: The UN Nutriton Network will hold a side event at ICN2 on Thursday 20th November - "Healthy Children - Growing Societies". The event will showcase how UN agencies are working together in support of countries' stunting reduction efforts. 

12 November 2014: On October 6th and 7th the Gates Foundation hosted an agriculture and nutrition track at the Grand Challenges 2014 meeting in Seattle. Download presentations and click here to join an international call discussing the event. 

10 November 2014: On 13 – 18 October 2014, the 41st Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) took place in Rome to take stock of progress on reducing global food insecurity and map out key policy objectives. See final report, photos and videos.

10 November 2014: On 5th & 6th November USAID/SPRING and GAIN convened a gathering of global leaders to develop a stratetic research and implementation agenda for accelerated nutrition gains through social and behaviour change communication.