Nutrition in fragile contexts
The world is regressing in the fight against hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition in all its forms. Efforts to work towards SDG2 are proving insufficient in the face of a more challenging and uncertain context, with conflicts, natural disasters and economic shocks worsening the situation. The intensification of such major drivers of food insecurity and malnutrition trends, combined with the high cost of nutritious foods and growing inequalities, will continue to weigh on nutrition. And unfortunately, the most vulnerable groups tend to be disproportionately affected. According to the 2023 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) report,
the prevalence of wasting is more than double the 2030 target.
are estimated to be in emergency or worse levels of acute food insecurity in 2023
in the 15 countries worst-affected by the global food and nutrition crisis
(FAO, UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP & WHO)
23 people needs humanitarian assistance
A coherent approach to nutrition must span disaster risk reduction, early warnings, humanitarian response, recovery, longer-term development efforts and resilience building. It also warrants working with all relevant stakeholders across the humanitarian‒development‒peace nexus.
UN-Nutrition is uniquely positioned to bring together relevant UN actors to discuss ways of lending coherent support that empowers governments in addressing nutrition needs in fragile contexts without losing sight of the need to support food systems transformation and healthy diets. UNICEF and WFP are leading the development of a new narrative about improving nutrition in fragile contexts while working towards food systems transformation.