Agriculture & Nutrition

Fortified biscuits on sale in Afghanistan—getting to the consumer is the trick. Photo: Khalid Nahez/IRIN

Fortified food—persuading the private sector to do good

by IRIN News April 18, 2014

With a certain amount of fanfare, Nigeria has just officially become a middle income country. It is not the sort of country associated with widespread hunger, or a country where people normally get, or expect to get, food aid. And yet around a quarter of small children in Nigeria are underweight, an...

Biofortified tortillas to provide micronutrients in Latin America

by Fabiola Ortiz Inter Press Service April 17, 2014

KIGALI, Apr 17 2014 (IPS) - Latin America is one of the regions in the world suffering from “hidden hunger” – a chronic lack of the micronutrients needed to ward off problems like anaemia, blindness, impaired immune systems, and stunted growth.Brazil is heading up a food biofortification effor...

Ugandan police raid US-financed health project in what appeared to be the first public action to enforce a new anti-homosexuality law

by Associated Press New York Times April 5, 2014

Police officers raided the offices of an American-financed project that offers services to AIDS patients, a government spokesman said Friday, in what appeared to be the first public action to enforce a new anti-homosexuality law. The Makerere University Walter Reed Project in Kampala was singled out...

Briefing: Punitive aid cuts disrupt healthcare in Uganda

by IRIN News April 2, 2014

Since the enactment of a draconian anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda just over a month ago, donors have been slashing or suspending aid to the country in protest. Health officials, activists and NGOs warn that this could have a major impact on healthcare services, particularly for HIV/AIDS patients....

Religious leaders in Senegal stymie birth control: In the majority-Muslim society, many men have multiple wives and large numbers of children. Religious leaders, who wield great influence, reject family planning as interfering with the divine order, and family planning advocates are under suspicion because of foreign funding.  Photo: Washington Post

Family planning program in Senegal drawn into conflict with religious leaders

by Allyn Gaestel Washington Post March 15, 2014

From the corner of his family’s bustling courtyard, El Hadji Fally Diallo looked out approvingly at his large extended family. Several women with babies on their hips prepared the massive midday meal, and children studying the Koran mumbled verses to themselves....

Niger’s “remarkable” progress in reducing child deaths

by IRIN News February 27, 2014

Niger has made remarkable progress in cutting under-five mortality over the past decade, and it looks set to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on reducing child mortality rates by two-thirds by 2015. But high maternal mortality, skyrocketing population growth and low government capacity are...

South Sudan: ‘One of the most dangerous places to give birth’ (video)

by BBC News February 25, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes due to continuing violence in South Sudan. Many are in need of urgent health care, with pregnant women at great risk. South Sudan is one of the most dangerous nations on earth to give birth, according to a report from the charity Save the C...

Obesity rate for young children plummets 43 percent in a decade

by Sabrina Tavernise New York Times February 25, 2014

Federal health authorities on Tuesday reported a 43 percent drop in the obesity rate among 2- to 5-year-old children over the past decade, the first broad decline in an epidemic that often leads to lifelong struggles with weight and higher risks for cancer, heart disease and stroke....

Home-grown solutions are cheap and effective: Children in Namibia eat a meal made from products sourced from their field. Photo: Jaspreet Kindra/IRIN

Call for shakeup in Africa nutrition research

by IRIN News February 24, 2014

Rwanda has achieved remarkable success in reducing child hunger, and nutrition experts believe there may be lessons here for other countries in Africa....

Residents of Clara Town, a low-income neighbourhood of Monrovia, Liberia, face sanitation challenges with the onset of the rainy season. Photo: Travis Lupick/IPS

UN focuses on faltering goals: water, sanitation, energy

by Thalif Deen Inter Press Service February 19, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 19 2014 (IPS) - When the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) reach their deadline in 2015, there will still be a critical setback: millions of people in the developing world without full access to safe drinking water, proper sanitation and electricity in their homes. Con...

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