Agriculture & Nutrition

World hunger falls, but number of undernourished remains ‘unacceptably high’—joint UN report

by UN News Centre November 13, 2014

16 September 2014 – More than 800 million people – or one in every nine on the planet – suffer from hunger, but a new joint UN agency report released today stated that the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of undernourished people by 2015 is still within reach....

Global Nutrition Report says every nation except China has crossed a “malnutrition red line”, suffering from too much or too little nutrit...

by Mark Kinver BBC News November 13, 2014

The Global Nutrition Report said every nation except China had crossed a "malnutrition red line", suffering from too much or too little nutrition. Globally, malnutrition led to "11% of GDP being squandered as a result of lives lost, less learning, less earning and days lost to illness," it added....

What you eat in the first year of your life can affect what you crave for the rest of it. Photo: Paul Sakuma/AP Photo

The stark difference between what poor babies and rich babies eat: Poor children often are fed foods that help establish long-lasting, unhealthful eat...

by Roberto A Ferdman Washington Post November 4, 2014

The difference between what the rich and poor eat in America begins long before a baby can walk, or even crawl. A team of researchers at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences found considerable differences in the solid foods babies from different socioeconomic classes...

Understanding hunger

by Molly Anders Devex October 7, 2014

“The images we use to [illustrate] hunger — the emaciated, starving child who hasn’t eaten for days or weeks — no longer capture the whole picture,” Bjørn Lomborg, director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center told Devex last month on the sidelines of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrit...

James Hamilton, chief gravedigger at King Tom cemetary in Freetown, said of burying Ebola victims in Sierra Leone, “We will need much more space.” The Ebola epidemic is spreading rapidly in Sierra Leone’s densely packed capital — and it may already be far worse than the authorities acknowledge. Photo: Samuel Aranda for The New York Times

Out of control: How the world’s health organizations failed to stop the Ebola disaster

by Lena H. Sun, Brady Dennis, Lenny Bernstein and Joel Achenbach Washington Post October 4, 2014

Tom Frieden remembers the young woman with the beautiful hair, dyed a rusty gold and braided meticulously, elaborately, perhaps by someone who loved her very much. She was lying facedown, half off the mattress. She had been dead for hours, and flies had found the bare flesh of her legs....

Ebola cases could reach 1.4 million within 4 months, CDC estimates

by Denise Grady New York Times September 23, 2014

Yet another set of ominous projections about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was released Tuesday, in a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that gave worst- and best-case estimates for Liberia and Sierra Leone based on computer modeling....

With Ebola crippling the health system, Liberians die of routine medical problems

by Lenny Bernstein Washington Post September 20, 2014

MONROVIA, Liberia — While the terrifying spread of Ebola has captured the world’s attention, it also has produced a lesser-known crisis: the near-collapse of the already fragile health-care system here, a development that may be as dangerous — for now — as the virus for the average Liberian....

The “unfinished business” of lowering child mortality

by IRIN News September 12, 2014

In 1990, an estimated 12 million children around the world died under age five; by 2011, that figure had dropped to 6.9 million. The message, from a new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), is that with greater commitment to child survival from governments and their partners, these figures can...

Ebola is taking a second toll, on economies

by Adam Nossiter New York Times September 5, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal — Airlines have canceled their flights to the countries most affected. Prices of staple goods are going up, and food supplies are dwindling. Border posts are being closed, foreign workers are going home and national growth rates are projected to plummet....

Hindu devotees bathed in the polluted waters of the Ganges River in Varanasi, India. Millions of pilgrims bathe along Varanasi’s ancient riverfront, but a stream of human waste flows directly into the river just above the bathing ghats, steps leading down to the river. Photo: Daniel Berehulak/New York Times

Poor sanitation in India may affect well-fed children with malnutrition

by Gardiner Harris New York Times July 13, 2014

SHEOHAR DISTRICT, India — He wore thick black eyeliner to ward off the evil eye, but Vivek, a tiny 1-year-old living in a village of mud huts and diminutive people, had nonetheless fallen victim to India’s great scourge of malnutrition....

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