Poor nutrition is a global problem. Malnutrition directly affects one in three people around the world, causing stunting, wasting or obesity. Malnutrition and diet are by far the biggest risk factors for the global burden of disease: every country is facing a serious public health challenge from malnutrition.
We contributed to the recently launched Global Nutrition Report 2017, which is the only independent and comprehensive annual review of the state of the world’s nutrition. The Global Nutrition Report is a multipartner initiative that provides an understanding of our ability to meet intergovernmental nutrition targets. It documents progress on commitments made on the global stage, and it recommends actions to accelerate that progress. It aims to be a beacon, encouraging change and identifying opportunities for action. This year’s report focuses on the theme of making—and measuring— SMART commitments to nutrition and identifying what it will take to end malnutrition in all its forms by 2030.
Our contribution includes mapping global farm sizes, agriculture and nutrition. Our work shows that, while historically agriculture has focused on growing enough staple crops to produce sufficient food through highly-specialised farms and landscapes, more diverse landscapes yield both more food and a lot more nutrients. Our work highlights that 53–81% of key micronutrients are produced by small and medium farms, which make up 84% of all farms and 33% of the land areas globally and tend to be more diverse than larger farms.