Agriculture & Nutrition

Farmers hold keys to ending poverty, hunger, FAO says

by Friday Phiri Inter Press Service May 5, 2016

With recent data showing that 793 million people still go to bed hungry, ending hunger and poverty in 15 years is the next development challenge that world leaders have set for themselves....

Diabetes was once a problem of the rich. Now it belongs to the poor.

by Niraj Chokshi Washington Post April 7, 2016

Poverty is an important factor, as people in poorer countries have a harder time accessing healthy foods. ...

Farmer Stella Jeliati picking cowpeas pods from her granary at her home in Mzingo Village, Mchinji, Malawi in May 2013. Photo: ©FAO/Amos Gumulira

30 indigenous crops promoting health and contributing to food security

by Food Tank April 7, 2016

According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), just twelve crops provide 75 percent of the world’s food. Three of these crops, rice, maize, and wheat contribute to nearly 60 percent of the protein and calories obtained by humans from plants. Since the beginning of the 20th century,...

Hold of a Peruvian fishing boat full of anchoveta (Engraulis rigens). Photo: ©J. Cort/FAO

Tiny forage fish at bottom of marine food web get new protections

by Alastair Bland NPR April 7, 2016

Sardines, herring and other small fish species are the foundation of the marine food web — they're essential food for birds, marine mammals and other fish....

Farming for a small planet: Agroecology now

by Frances Moore Lappé Great Transition Initiative April 5, 2016

The primary obstacle to sustainable food security is an economic model and thought system, embodied in industrial agriculture, that views life in disassociated parts, obscuring the destructive impact this approach has on humans, natural resources, and the environment. Industrial agriculture is chara...

Why nutrition? (video)

by Secure Nutrition March 14, 2016

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Photo: Elizabeth Maidl/courtesy of Washington University at St. Louis

The strange and surprising debate over how to help a malnourished kid

by Emily Sohn NPR March 13, 2016

It used to be common knowledge: Malnourished kids need more protein to thrive. Then came a scathing paper in the Lancet in 1974 called "The Great Protein Fiasco." Filled with sarcasm, it argued that the nutrition community's fixation on protein was a waste of time and money....

Obituary in memory of Dr. Urban Jonsson

by UNSCN March 10, 2016

Urban Jonsson, a national of Sweden and resident of Tanzania, held a Ph.D. in Food Science with focus on Nutrition. He pursued advanced training on nutrition at Cornell University and lifelong studies in philosophy, mathematics and a series of other disciplines in order to build his impressive compe...

Three win Nobel Prize in medicine for work on tropical diseases river blindness, filariasis, and malaria

by Brady Dennis and Lenny Bernstein Washington Post October 5, 2015

William Campbell’s eureka moment came in 1975, as he was testing a new medicine to fight parasites in domestic and farm animals. The Irish-born scientist realized a parasitic worm in horses bore an amazing resemblance to the parasite that causes river blindness in humans....

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria seeks input into 2017-21 strategy

by Hunger Notes May 25, 2015

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria seeks input into 2017-21 strategy...