IBFAN Africa 9th Regional Conference theme: "Prevention and Management of Chronic Malnutrition through Appropriate IYCF Practices." IBFANers are urged to source funds for participation in the Regional Conference to be held in Uganda. The conference which was earmarked for September/October 2014 has now been postponed to 2015 ; exact dates will be communicated in due course. Keep on visiting this site for more details.
FAO/WHO Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2)
Place: FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
Date: 19–21 November 2014
The aim of ICN2 is to create consensus on how to address major nutrition challenges—including undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies and overweight—with a view to achieving the global nutrition targets by 2025 set by the World Health Assembly.
A key goal is to achieve coherence between food supply and public health policies, as they both contribute to food and nutrition security. Participants will also examine the best ways of scaling up proven interventions for tackling all forms of malnutrition.
ICN2 will identify public policy priorities at the national and global levels. It will be the first high-level intergovernmental conference on nutrition since the first International Conference on Nutrition was organized by FAO and WHO in 1992.
Participants will include experts from food and agriculture, health and other sectors as well as United Nations agencies and other intergovernmental organizations, civil society, researchers, the private sector and consumer associations.
New Report Calls for More Democratic Food Systems
8 October 2014 - Food security and human rights remain deeply threatened by concentration of land ownership, corporate domination of food systems and policy coherence, reports the Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2014, officially launched today with the participation of the new UN Special Reporter for thr Right to Food, Dr. Hilal Elver, at the FAO in Rome.
Importance of complementary feeding
The greatest decline in nutritional status of children is seen between the ages of six months and two years of life. This is a critical nutritional window for children, in which they should be transitioning from exclusive breastfeeding to receiving complementary foods in addition to continued adequate intake of breast milk.Read more...
Geneva, 24 September 2014 - Member States gathered in Geneva on 22 and 23 September for an Open-Ended Working Group organized by WHO and FAO with the aim of finding an agreement on the Political Declaration for the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), which will be held in Rome from 19 to 21 November. The ICN2 seeks to propose an updated policy framework to address today's major food and nutrition challenges, to promote policy coherence and identify priorities to strengthen international cooperation in this area.Read more...
Geneva, 22 September 2014
This document has been prepared as a joint effort by the public interest civil society organizations that are actively engaging the ICN2 preparatory process. While the group is diverse and positions might differ on specific issues, this statement expresses the elements of common concern among this diverse group of organizations.Read more...
IBFAN Africa is pleased to share these draft guidelines from ENN on infant feeding in the context of Ebola.
Updated main points of guidance document on infant feeding in the context of Ebola dated August 22nd 2014 are summarised below. This is based on discussion with experts and clinicians and reports from field practitioners. This version dated September 19th 2014 replaces the earlier guidance note.Read more...
Fortified Milks for Children”, what are they? Are they not a health risk for older infants and young children? Why did the World Health Assembly Resolution (WHA 39.28) state that so-called follow-up milks are not necessary for young children?
To find out answers to these questions read: Helen Crawley and Susan Westland‘s very informative and comprehensive report on Follow Up Formula: “Fortified milks for Children – A worldwide review of fortified milks for children over 1 year of age”,
Dr Helen Crawley is a dietician and public health nutritionist with over 30 years experience in public health nutrition across the lifespan. Her work has involved promoting good nutrition for vulnerable population groups.
1. Conflicts of interest
The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) initiative: IBFAN’s concern about the role of businesses
The INTERNATIONAL BABY FOOD ACTION NETWORK (IBFAN) is a 33 year-old global network that works to protect, promote and support breastfeeding and food-based complementary feeding, in realization of a child’s right to health and adequate food. IBFAN is committed to working with governments, the United Nations and other organisations to address child survival and to draw the world’s attention to strategies that tackle malnutrition in a just, equitable and sustainable way, giving priority to peoples’ ability to produce and access nutritious foods locally.
Breastfeeding and child survival, the most effective intervention gets the least attention
Breastfeeding tops the list of effective preventive interventions for child survival. Together with appropriate complementary feeding these two have more impact even than immunization, safe water and sanitation.There is no food more locally produced, affordable and sustainable than breastmilk. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of diarrhea, chest infections (the biggest killers of children) and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and cancers. It is also an important factor in child spacing for the millions of women who have no access to modern forms of contraception.In the second year of life breastfeeding can provide 29% of energy requirements, 43% of protein, 75% of Vitamin A, 76% of Folate, 94% of vitamin C. An analysis by Action Against Hunger (ACF) show that breastfeeding is the 3rd least popular intervention in terms of funding and that product-based micronutrient interventions are now dominating the nutrition scene.