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Improved Data Needed To Bolster Food Systems, Reach Zero Hunger

The Guardian: To end malnutrition, we must step up to the plate with data on what people eat
Lawrence Haddad, senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute, and Patrick Webb, professor at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

“…[A]ttempts to modify or influence food systems in ways that are more supportive of good nutrition have been stymied by a lack of relevant data. … U.N. member states and agencies that support nutrition have a responsibility to ensure the [Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2)] framework for action, and the Sustainable Development Goals, are supported by a set of indicators that support specific, measurable, assignable, realistic, and time-bound targets for action. … Without the data, the world is flying blind. Current and future generations deserve more than wishful thinking about healthy food systems; they deserve purposeful investments aimed at good nutrition. Anything less is not compatible with sustainable development” (10/16).

Financial Times: World Food Day: a data revolution for agriculture would reap huge returns
Eloise Todd, global policy director for the ONE Campaign

“…To get to zero [hunger] we need to start with more data, robust accountability, and increased investments. … We need more and better data and must find innovative ways of collecting it. One method is the Global Partnership on Sustainable Development Data, launched in New York on September 28. … We have joined forces to invest in, produce, open up, and use accurate data, which will inform decision making and enable citizenry to hold decision makers to account, tackle the data gaps that hinder us from making faster progress, and encourage investment into under-resourced national statistics offices in developing countries…” (10/16).

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