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November 12, 2019

C40 Good Food Cities Declaration

14 global cities committed to the C40 Good Food Cities Declaration, in order to promote and preserve the health of citizens and the health of the planet. Mayors will work with their citizens to achieve a ‘Planetary Health Diet’ for all by 2030, with balanced and nutritious food, reflective of the culture, geography, and demography of their citizens. 

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October 31, 2019 

CIRAD-EC-FAO report on „Food Systems at Risk“ published

The report co-published by the European Commission, FAO, and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) describes the trends and challenges in several categories including climate change, environmental integrity, inclusive development, and food security and nutrition. It concludes that food systems are currently under an unprecedented number of threats. 

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October 29, 2019

New American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guideline on "Nonnutritive Sweeteners“ (NNS) published

The guideline summarizes the current data situation based on a systematic review of NNS and advocates more accurate labelling of foods.

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October 17, 2019 

Global Report on Food Crisis published

The report published by FSIN and its partners is part of a series of publications that provide consensus-based analyses of food crises to members of the Global Network Against Food Crises.

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October 16, 2019 

2019 Report on food loss and waste published by FAO

The report provides, among other things, an overview of the amount of food that is lost at different stages of the food supply chain.

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October 16, 2019 

2019 Global Hunger Index: The Challenge of Hunger and Climate Change

The Global Hunger Index launched on October 15, 2019, shows that climate change is worsening the nutrition situation in countries that are already affected by hunger and poverty.

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October 15, 2019

Children, Food and Nutrition

The State of the World`s Children 2019 report published by UNICEF reveals that at least every third child under the age of five suffers from the consequences of inadequate or poor nutrition and is either malnourished or overweight.

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October 14, 2019

Reports on Food Systems published by the European Commission

Two reports commissioned by the European Commission Scientific Committee of Agricultural Research (SCAR) Strategic Working Group (SWG)  on Food Systems have recently been pubslished:


The first one is entitled "Synthesis of existing food systems studies and research projects in Europe“. It is written by independent experts (Thom Achterbos et al.). 

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The second one is a policy brief based on the above-mentioned synthesis  report. It is entitled "The added value of a Food systems Approach in research and Innovation" (written by Henk Westhoek, Niels Halberg, member of the SCAR SWG Food systems).






September 11, 2019

Summary Report - The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health

The EAT Lancet Commission published in January of this year and the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report contain many consistent statements. The report was prepared by EAT and is an adapted summary of the Commission Food in The Anthropocene: the EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets From Sustainable Food Systems. The call to action cannot be ignored. Business, policy, investors, and each one of us must take action for the great food system transformation.

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September 10, 2019 

Join the Global Young Academy!

The Global Young Academy is looking for new members. The call for a GYA membership from 2020 is open until 15 September 2019 (22h:00 UTC). 

Founded in 2010, the Global Young Academy (GYA) is an international organization of young researchers with members from six continents. Members are elected for five-year terms. Each member is expected to participate in the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the GYA (the AGM 2020 will be held from 8 – 12 June 2020 in India) and to actively contribute to one or more of the organisation’s programmes. This includes participation, e.g., in policy development, promotion of the National Young Academies, or promoting science and education at the international level.

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September 5, 2019

The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on governments and their health systems around the world to focus more on healthy and balanced nutrition and adequate nutrient supply

A new report called "Essential Nutrition Actions" has been published by WHO. It is a compilation of nutrition actions to provide countries with a tool to integrate nutrition into their national health and development policies. 

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September 4, 2019

International Food Security Assessment, 2019-2029

The annual International Food Security Assessment, 2019-2029, published by USDA`s Economic Research Service estimates that the share of food-insecure people in the 76 low- and middle-income countries included in this report is projected to fall from 19.3 percent in 2019 to 9.2 percent in 2029.

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August 15, 2019

Climate Change and Land: an IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems

The new report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) calls for change to human diet . It was approved and accepted  at IPCC`s 50th Session held on August 2-7, 2019.

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August 14, 2019

New Sight and Life Magazine on „Data in Nutrition“ published 

Sight-and-Life Magazine Data in Nutrition

The new issue was written by using the data value chain as organizing framework and by inviting authors who are thought leaders and practitioners not just to highlight the challenges along each step of the value chain but also to offer viable solutions that are pushing the envelope.

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July 25, 2019

Final World Resources Report published: "Creating a Sustainable Food Future"

The report provides a menu of solutions to feed nearly 10 billion people by 2050 without increasing emissions, fueling deforestation or exacerbating poverty.

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July 25, 2019

New book published: "All Hands on Deck - Reducing Stunting through Multisectoral Efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa

The new book was published by the Agence française de développement (AFD) and the World Bank with the aim of assisting in the formulation of more informed, evidence-based, and balanced multisectoral strategies against undernutrition.

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July 23, 2019

New D-A-CH reference values for zinc and vitamin B6 intake

The German Society for Nutrition e. V. (DGE) has revised the D-A-CH reference values for the intake of zinc and vitamin B6 on the basis of current scientific data.

The D-A-CH reference values for the supply of nutrients are the reference values for the daily supply of energy and nutrients, which are jointly published by the professional nutrition societies of Germany, Austria and Switzerland for the German-speaking area of Europe. They are the basis for the practical implementation of a balanced diet by specifying quantities for the daily supply of energy and nutrients.

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July 22, 2019

HLPE Report 14 on "Agroecological and other innovative approaches for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition“ published

A report by The High Level Panel of Exerts on Food Security and Nutrition. 

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July 17, 2019

2019 Report on "The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World“ published

FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO, have released the 2019 report on The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World. The report states that the decades-long decline in the prevalence of undernourishment in the world had ended and that hunger was slowly on the rise.

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June 13, 2019

Report of The Economist Intelligence Unit published: "Fixing Food 2018" 

The report investigates best practices in food sustainability across the world. It covers sustainable agriculture, nutritional challenges, and food loss and waste according to the Food Sustainability Index (FSI) developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit with the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition, as a framework.

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June 13, 2019

Annual Report 2018 of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) published

Annual Report A4NH 2018


The CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) is dedicated to the realization of Sustainable Development Goals 2 (Zero Hunger) and 3 (Good Health and Well-Being), laid out by the United Nations.

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June 12, 2019

New book on "Transforming Food Systems for a Rising India“ published

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The book explores the opportunities and challenges to achieving a nutrition-secure future through more diversified production systems, improved health and hygiene, and greater individual access to balanced diets. The authors bring together the latest data and scientific evidence to map out the current state of Indian food systems.

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May 29, 2019

New JPI HDHL Implementation Plan for 2019-202 published

The Joint Programming Initiative A HEALTHY DIET FOR A HEALTHY LIFE aims to provide a holistic approach to develop and implement a research programme to understand the interplay of factors known to directly affect diet related diseases, discover new relevant factors, mechanisms and strategies, as well as to contribute to the development of actions, policies, innovative products and diets, with the aim of drastically reducing the burden of diet-related diseases. Now, JPI HDHL published a new Implementation Plan for the years 2019-2021. The Implementation Plan describes tangible targets for the next three years and defines concrete funding and non-funding activities that will be carried out by the JPI HDHL in the coming years.

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May 29, 2019

Annual Report 2019 of the Federal Association of the German Food Industry (Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Ernährungsindustrie e. V.) published

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The Annual Report is published in german and available for download here.






May 29, 2019

New report from the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI) published

Nutritious Food Foresight: Twelve ways to invest in good food for emerging markets

The new report identifies 12 innovations that could improve access to safe and nutritious foods in emerging markets and are ready to be deployed at scale within the next five years. The report also provides a methodology for screening and prioritizing innovations.

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May 15, 2019

Biological transformation: "Competence Center Biointelligence" picks up speed 

The "Competence Center Biointelligence" was established at the beginning of 2019. About 40 scientists from the Universities of Stuttgart and Hohenheim, the NMI in Reutlingen and the Fraunhofer Institutes IPA, IGB, IAO, IBP in Stuttgart are cooperating in order to get the biological transformation going. They carry out research in different fields such as mechanical engineering, biology, biotechnology, medical technology, architecture, nutrition and computer sciences. Their common goal is to promote and advance sustainable production and lifestyles, which are necessary because of increasing worldwide economic competition, growing and aging populations and rearrangements of the political maps of national interests. A new economic model and new technologies for structural changes are needed. The term "biological transformation" refers to
 the increasing use of materials, structures, processes and organisms of the living nature in technology, which will enable more and more people to live happier, healthier, safer and more sustainable. 

On May 15, 2019, the "1st Conference on Biointelligent Products and Production - The Sustainable Revolution of Industry" took place, during which an appeal of the scientists of this "Competence Center Biointelligence" was handed over to politicians. The "White Paper on Biointelligent Value Creation" describes the benefits of biointelligent systems and explains why they are essential for a sustainable future. The biological transformation of industrial value creation and the systematic application of knowledge about biological processes will lead to an increasing convergence of production, information technology and biotechnology, with the potential to profoundly change future products, manufacturing processes, and organisations, in short the way of life of human beings. The conference highlighted the question of how the needs of people worldwide can be met sustainably in the future as well as what defines "biointelligence" in the five areas of need - nutrition, health, energy, housing, and consumption – that were addressed during the conference. Biointelligent nutrition focuses on research into new personalised foods (precision nutrition) and their decentralised, needs-based production (home farming, urban farming, smart gardens) in order to make a contribution to both a supply of healthy foods and to resource-saving and socially compatible production.


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Photo: Competence Center Biointelligence - Title page of the White Paper Biointelligence


April 29, 2019

New book on "Vitamin E and Human Health published

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A book on the role of vitamin E in human health was published by Springer in April 2019. The comprehensive book comprises 31 chapters describing the state-of-the-art knowledge around vitamin E, from the history of vitamin E research and metabolic and physiological basics to the roles of vitamin E in the prevention of diseases and dietary choices of consumers.

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