buildingbarn3In the Parliamentary Report entitled, ‘Missing Food’, published today, Parliamentarians of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Agriculture and Food for Development are calling on all governments and donors to urgently scale up and better coordinate efforts to reduce postharvest losses and food waste.

“Food losses along the postharvest chain have an impact on food and nutritional security, farmer livelihoods, natural resource consumption and agricultural sustainability. It is abundantly clear that measures must be taken at all levels and by all actors if the amount of food lost between field and fork is to be reduced.”
All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development.

A third of food produced for human consumption globally is lost. At the same time the world will need about 50% more food by 2030. In Africa smallholder farmers produce more than 80% of food, but at the same time account for 50% of the food insecure. In developing countries losses of weight and quality accumulate along the postharvest chain, due in part to poor infrastructure. It is estimated that 14% of grains and a considerably higher percentage of fruit and vegetables are lost. Grain losses in sub-Saharan Africa alone translate into over $4 billion lost per year. Developed countries have much higher losses at the consumption level, where retailers and consumers waste food.

Nitish KumarOver the past year the All-Party Parliamentary Group has been convening meetings on the topic of "Home-Grown Nutrition", a series which looks to address how smallholder farmers can be supported to grow more nutritious food, thus having beneficial impacts on their health and the health of their families

The APPG now wishes to conduct some field studies which look to give practical examples of where investments in agriculture have had impacts on improved nutrition – the focus country is India and specifically the State of Bihar where around 80 percent of the population are totally dependent on agriculture for their livelihood. Reports suggest that investment in agricultural development in Bihar have improved in recent times with the state now promoting value-added and processed agriculture to benefit farmers.

piebalgsEuropean Commissioner Andris Piebalgs presented to the APPG on Agriculture and Food for Development on Monday morning (10th June 2013).

The Commissioner discussed his “agenda for change on sustainable agriculture as well as on food and nutrition security”.

He mentioned that agriculture is now seen as a priority issue in Sub-Saharan Africa and in fragile states.

Tom Manuel discusses the UK All Party Parliamentary Group event on nutrition which took place this week.

This week I attended the All Party Parliamentary Group’s event on nutrition. Chaired by Lord Cameron and with panelists Lawrence Haddad (Institute of Development Studies), Sandra Mutuma (Action Against Hunger) and Mariella Di Ciommo (Development Initiatives), the event provided an opportunity for parliamentarians to come together with leading nutrition experts to discuss the political and financial commitments required to tackle the pressing challenge of under-nutrition.

The three panelists presented a comprehensive review of nutrition funding. Mariella focused on funding flows from nutrition donors, Lawrence spoke about the importance of transparency in funding and securing nutrition a place in a post-2015 settlement, and finally Sandra summarised the scale of the global challenge that under-nutrition poses.

The Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening MP, met with over 20 Parliamentarians and officials on Monday (20th) to discuss the NGO “Enough Food For Everyone IF” Campaign.

home grown nutritionParliamentarians of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development are calling on the UK Government, and specifically the Department for International Development, to invest in agriculture to combat the hunger that 925 million people around the world are undernourished face every day - in a Parliamentary Report, on “Home Grown Nutrition”.

“It is abundantly clear that sustained long-term investment in agriculture for development is crucial to rural livelihoods. It can have truly transformational impacts both in terms of the rural economy and in terms of poverty, hunger and malnutrition alleviation.”

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development

The report’s recommendations come ahead of a high level meeting that will be co-hosted by the UK government on 8 June. ‘The Nutrition for Growth: Beating Hunger through Business and Science’ meeting will be held in the build-up to the G8 summit in Northern Ireland and bring together business leaders, scientists, governments and civil society to make the ambitious commitments needed to tackle nutrition in some of the world’s poorest countries.


There’s enough food in the world for everyone, but one person in eight still goes hungry every night, and 2.3 million children die needlessly each year from malnutrition.

As the UK prepares to host a high-level 'Hunger Summit' alongside the G8 summit, a new report by CARE and the UK Hunger Alliance highlights the single most important thing governments can do to end global hunger: support the millions of poor women farming tiny plots of land in developing countries.

Africa School Health and Nutrition (SHN) Short Course

Places are still available for the Partnership for Child Development’s 9thAfrican SHN Course in Ghana between 10 - 20 June 2013. Designed for educationalists, public health professionals and community development workers, this internationally acclaimed course aims to strengthen the capacity of the health and education sectors to respond effectively to the needs of school-age populations at the country level.

astara woman farmerContext: There is enough food for everyone in the world right now but 870 million people go hungry every day. 26% of children in developing countries are stunted; lives are cut short or permanently damaged because they do not receive enough nutrients at the start. Vitamin A deficiently kills half a million children annually; iron-deficient anaemia during pregnancy is a cause of 20% of maternal deaths. This is an issue about both contributing to national growth and realising individual rights.

irish confIrish President Michael D Higgins claims global hunger represents the grossest of human rights violations and the greatest ethical challenge facing the global economy.

Opening a conference in Dublin on tackling global hunger and climate change, President Higgins said the hungry and poor of the world are "twice smitten" when political interests get in the way of elimination or relief of hunger and nutrition

"The source of this hunger is not a lack of food, but the moral affront of poverty, created and sustained by gross inequalities across the world," he said.

ertharinExecutive Director, Ertharin Cousin, of the United Nations World Food Programme presented to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development.