Agriculture & Nutrition

Global Nutrition Report 2020 Reports that Malnutrition is Leading Cause of Mortality and Morbidity

by Development Initiatives, Bristol, UK 2020 Global Nutrition Report: Action on equity to end malnutrition. May 12, 2020

2020 Global Nutrition Report: Action on equity to end malnutrition was released 12 May 2020. The report states that one in nine persons around the world suffers from hunger (820 million) and one in three persons is overweight or obese (also a form of malnutrition). In a forward to the report by Da...

Build diverse food systems for post-COVID-19 world

by Trevor Nicholls, Sayed Azam-Ali, Ismahane Elouafi, David Molden, Segenet Kelemu, Albin Hubscher, Marco Wopereis SciDevNet April 30, 2020

The Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture (AIRCA) writes about the neednyo develop diverse food systems to support global food and nutrition security....

COVID-19 Narratives by Dr David Nabarro

by Dr. David Nabarro 4SD April 7, 2020

World Food Prize winner Dr. David Nabarro writes about COVID-19...

Food goes to waste amid coronavirus crisis

by ADAM BEHSUDI and RYAN MCCRIMMON Politico April 5, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is leading the food industry and regulators to change policies as they grapple with empty shelves, a glut of fresh produce and milk, and sudden shifts in consumer buying habits....

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Mapped Malnutrition Data Shows Concerning Disparities in Many Countries

by Damaris K. Kinyoki et. al. University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation January 27, 2020

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) published and analyzed mapped data from lower and middle income countries (LMIC) which showed geo-spatial malnutrition data which gives a more accurate picture of concerning disparities within and across countries. This article was in Nature ear...

Desert Locust Plague in East Africa

by Ben Curtis, Josphat Kasire and Cara Anna Associated Press January 25, 2020

According to the cited article by the Associated Press, Kenya is experiencing the worst Desert Locust outbreak in the past 70 years. Ethiopia and Somalia are having the worst infestation since in the past 25 years. These attacks greatly affect food security in rural areas. ...

Fall Armyworm in Malawi

by Agence France Presse Agence France Presse January 23, 2020

The Fall Armyworm infestation in Malawi has damaged approximately 355,000 acres. The Fall Armyworm is the larval stage of a moth (Spodoptera frugiperda). It is a recent arrival in Africa arriving in 2016, most likely on imported produce from the Americas. This is especially troubling as the larvae e...

Regenerative Agriculture in the USA

by Duke University Sanford School's World Food Policy Center Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy January 21, 2020

As we all are concerned about sustainability both in the developed and developing world, this interview with Gabe Brown on regenerative agriculture practices on his farm in North Dakota in the United States is especially germane.  Essentially, recapturing  carbon from the atmosphere and adding it ...

Malnutrition in Humanitarian Crises: The Will to End a Preventable Disease

by Muriel Bassil October 10, 2019

October 10, 2019 Disasters of any kind can disrupt food sources for proper nutrition, which is vital for growth, development, and good health. Malnutrition is a common but overlooked consequence of the humanitarian crises that so often result from natural and human-made disasters. Mor...

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A Shadowy Industry Group Shapes Food Policy Around the World

by Andrew Jacobs New York Times October 10, 2019

When the Indian government bowed to powerful food companies last year and postponed its decision to put red warning labels on unhealthy packaged food, officials also sought to placate critics of the delay by creating an expert panel to review the proposed labeling system, which would have gone far b...