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International Community Should Take Opportunity To Improve Global Nutrition

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Malnutrition: the new challenges are also the new opportunities…
Lawrence Haddad, executive director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

“Last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) organized a Symposium on the double burden of malnutrition. … Truly the double burden has become the ‘new normal.’ But there are several ways in which this creates a series of opportunities. New Allies … New Agents of Change … New Stakeholders … New Awareness of Competing Interests … Becoming Global Nutrition Researchers … It is a truism that every crisis is an opportunity. And make no mistake the double burden is a crisis. But, true to the saying, it is also an opportunity. We need big answers to these big problems and to make this a shared global task is fundamental. The Global Nutrition Summit of September 2020 in Tokyo is the next big chance to do this — the best we will have before 2030. … Let’s bring these ‘opportunity perspectives’ to Tokyo and make it a moment that grows the nutrition movement, rather than merely consolidates past gains, one that elevates nutrition into the consciousness of those who rarely think about it, and one that supercharges the nutrition movement, rather than simply fills up its tank. We need to be bold and ambitious for this generation — and for future ones” (12/13).

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