SDG 2.2: End all forms of malnutrition

MUAC imageThis knowledge page creates an open platform for those working to end all forms of malnutrition in line with the SDG2 Hub's 2020 policy priority for SDG2.2.

Priority: Build momentum for Tokyo 2020 (N4G Summit, 2020 Olympics)

Audience: Business, heads of state, CSO, media, academia, parliaments 
Potential for impact: Global stakeholder funding commitments; new policy announcements and new multi-sectoral plans 
Role of Hub: Support coordination of diverse actors engaging in Summit. Amplify Summit through targeted events and content. 

This page will be updated regularly with further updates, news, resources and case studies.

Updates & moments

PROGRES in Djibouti

progresThe Government of Djibouti, in conjunction with IFAD and WFP, has sponsored a programme called PROGRES to address the challenges of the nation’s food insecurity and water scarcity via mother counsellors.

It's impacts: 

  • Improved nutrition: 40 mother counsellors received extensive training from health practitioners in the prevention of maternal and child nutrition, as well as water, hygiene and sanitation practices. Equipped with teaching aids, mother counsellors have shared their knowledge with 20 local communities. Mother counsellors have also organised culinary demonstrations and set up 250 kitchen gardens. 
  • Improved water infrastructure: PROGRES has constructed multiple cisterns and reservoirs throughout the region, reducing the travel time for fetching water to only 2 hours and providing communities with plenty of safe water for consumption.

Read more PROGRES in Djibouti here.

Photo credit: IFAD / Abdelhamid Abdouli

Iron-Biofortified Beans in Rwanda

HarvestPlusHarvestPlus works with 30 partners from gov't, business and civil society to promote iron-biofortified beans in Rwanda. Fulfilling up to 80% of daily iron needs, iron-biofortified beans helps to tackle iron deficiencies in at-risk groups: women of reproductive age and young children. Promotion of beans is carried out in a few ways: 

  • HarvestPlus supports Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) to breed, test and release varieties of iron beans. 
  • In partnership with public and non-governmental organisations, HarvestPlus trains farming households in crop management, nutrition, post harvest handling and marketing. 
  • HarvestPlus is working to engage the private sector in the iron bean value chain to facilitate sustainable distribution and strengthen markets. 

Read more about HarvestPlus's work in Rwanda here.

Photo credit: HarvestPlus 

WIFA programme in Ethiopia

Implemented by Nutrition International, this WIFA programme aims to reduce anaemia in adolescent girls and improve the knowledge of adolescent girls and boys around their nutritional needs. The programme has two parts: a demonstration phase and an on-going scale-up phase to deliver Weekly Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation and counselling to adolescent girls in school and out of school. It's impacts: 

  • In 2017, the completed demonstration phase reached 58,000 girls through 113 health posts and 229 schools in six project woredas 
  • In 2018, 80,411 in-school and 3,819 out-of-school girls were reached through 221 schools and 435 health posts, averting an estimated 5,300 cases of anaemia. 

Read more about it here and in the 2018 GNR

Ending all forms of malnutrition in the SDGs

SDG2.2: By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving, by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age, and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons.