Blog: Nutrition

May Grassroots Conference call: Nutrition for Growth Year of Action

7 May 2021

This month, the call kicked off with Aaron Oxley, Executive Director, giving an overview of recent UK Government announcements on cuts to the UK aid budget and where we're at with the campaign to oppose the cuts (we've since published a blog post on this topic ). After a roundup about the network's activities and hearing about a few exciting events that...

“Callous and short-sighted.” What do the aid cuts mean for global health and education?

30 April 2021
"Callous and short sighted." What do the aid cuts mean for global health and education?

The Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab recently confirmed the Government’s plans to slash global health and education funding in the middle of the worst pandemic in a century.

In a statement released at the end of the day on 21 April, we learnt the Foreign Commonwealth and Development...

Nutrition is a human right

10 February 2021

Being healthy should not be a privilege: health is a fundamental human right. Given that our health depends on being able to eat meals that contain the vital nutrients our bodies need to survive and thrive - nutrition is also a human right, and shouldn’t be reserved to those who are privileged.

Malnutrition shows inequalities

Being malnourished takes many different forms. Undernutrition conditions include being wasted (dangerously thin for your height), stunted (...

January Grassroots Conference call 2020 - A year of action!

13 January 2021

On Tuesday we kicked off 2021 with a network-wide call to plan the year ahead and discuss the key moments coming up for our campaigns.

We were joined by expert speakers from RESULTS UK: Kaleem Luthra, our Parliamentary Advocacy Coordinator, who among other things coordinates our work on global education; Ma thilde Chiesa, Policy Advocacy Officer (Nutrition); Harry Rogers, Parliamentary Advocacy Officer (Child Health), and Naveed Chaudhri, Head of Campaigns who gave us an update on...

November grassroots conference call - Nutrition funding after 2020

6 November 2020
This month we heard from Aaron Oxley, RESULTS UK Executive Director, Naveed Chaudhri, Head of Campaigns, and Dela Anderson, Campaigns and Communications Officer, about the imminent risk to UK funding for global nutrition programmes. They explained how this comes at a time when malnutrition and food insecurity is set to rise because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how advocates can take action to press the Government to pledge new funding. You can find this month's action materials...

The Youth Leaders for Nutrition at No Hunger Radio

16 October 2020

Last March, our Youth Leaders for Nutrition, Florence Sibomana from Rwanda and Maxwell Mumba from Zambia, came to London for an advocacy tour with RESULTS UK. During their time with us, they were interviewed at the No Hunger Radio of Action Against Hunger, where they talked about their advocacy engagement in nutrition, and shared an important message regarding the next Nutrition for Growth Summit (N4G).

In this interview, Florence and Maxwell explained that nutrition, as a cross...

Nourishing is not just about feeding

16 October 2020

On this World Food Day (16 October), there are many pressing issues affecting the state of global nutrition: the impact of COVID-19; food insecurity; and the fact that the UK’s financial commitments for nutrition end this year with no renewal in sight. In light of these urgent challenges, it’s important to highlight the need for nutrition...

August 2020 grassroots conference call - Global nutrition programmes are at risk

5 August 2020

This month, after electing a new Grassroots Trustee to our Board of Trustees (congratulations Cameron!), we heard about the achievements of grassroots advocacy during the turbulet month of July. With the recently-announced merger between DFID and the Foreign Office to create a new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), there was lots of activity to report, with many MPs agreeing with your requests for their support for a continued focus of UK aid on poverty reduction, and to...

COVID-19 has exposed the danger of iniquitous food and health systems - let's fix it

12 May 2020
"Progress on nutrition is not just too slow - it is also deeply unfair," Global Nutrition Report 2020

Progress has been made but more needs to be done. It is a cliché NGO response whenever new data is released, striking a cautious balance between recognising global efforts while sounding an urgent call to action. I would go one further in response to the Global Nutrition Report (GNR) published today -...

Nutrition for resilience: the role of nutrition in building pandemic preparedness

7 April 2020

Florence giving a speech during a Parliamentary event on health in February 2020. Image: Action for Global Health

This is a guest blog by Youth Leader for Nutrition, Florence Sibomana.

Covid-19 has brought into sharp focus the pressure that health systems the world over are creaking under. While governments are rapidly trying to...

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