Agriculture & Nutrition

One third of children in Sikasso are underweight for their age, and for acute malnutrition, the rate in Sikasso was 16 percent, according to the most recent government survey. Photo: Phuong Tran/ IRIN

In Mali’s richest region, Sikasso, malnutrition is as high as in the country’s barren north, due in large part to concentration on cash ...

by IRIN News December 29, 2009

Sikasso is one of Mali's most fertile regions, but under-five malnutrition is as high here as in the country’s barren north, according to government health data.Health workers and agricultural experts explain the paradox as a combination of a lack of nutritional awareness, and the concentration on...

Nigeria, once the worst-afflicted country in the world with an estimated 653,000 cases in 1989, appears to be free of guinea worm disease, which is a painful parasitic infection transmitted to humans through a  water supply contaminated with guinea worm larvae. Photo: Vanessa Vick/New York Times

Campaign to eradicate guinea worm in hard-hit Nigeria may have worked

by Donald G. McNeil Jr. New York Times December 5, 2009

After 20 years, the Carter Center is ready to declare a major victory in its war on guinea worm: Nigeria, once the worst-afflicted country in the world, appears to be free of the worms....

Population explosion to stop Africa’s attempt to attain MDGs

by AfriqueJet November 18, 2009

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Africa population tops one billion

by BBC News November 18, 2009

The number of people in Africa has passed the one billion mark, the UN Population Fund says in a report....

World hunger increases despite growth in food production

by IRIN News November 12, 2009

Even as world food production grows, hunger is on the rise in many poor countries, according to the Global Crop Prospects and Food Situation report for November, published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on 12 November. ...

200 million children under the age of five in the developing world suffer from chronic undernutrition, causing one-third of deaths in children under f...

by BBC News November 11, 2009

Poor child nutrition still causes major problems in the developing world - despite some progress, experts say. A third of deaths in children under five in those countries are linked to poor diet, a report by Unicef suggests....

Slowed funding threatens AIDS fight, group says–recession, other factors causing international donors to pull back

by Karin Brulliard Washington Post November 5, 2009

JOHANNESBURG -- Slowed funding from international donors, including the United States, is imperiling recent dramatic gains in treating AIDS patients in the developing world, according to a new report....

Key ways in which current farming practices harm the earth include loss of biodiversity, overuse of chemicals and pesticides, and loss of plant and animal habitat due to the expansion of farming. The loss of biodiversity as a result of current farming practices includes an estimated loss of  three-quarters of the genetic diversity in agricultural crops over the last century. Photo: Jane Some/IRIN

Feeding the world without harming it

by IRIN November 3, 2009

Countries with growing populations can boost food production without punishing the environment if they are willing to experiment with less harmful farming practices, experts at a recent conference on biodiversity suggested. ...

Groundbreaking birth control bill that would make family planning services more widely available to poor people has powerful enemies in the Philippine...

by Carlos H. Conde New York Times October 25, 2009

MANILA — Gina Judilla already had three children the first time she tried to terminate a pregnancy. “I jumped down the stairs, hoping that would cause a miscarriage,” she said. The fetus survived and is now an 8-year-old boy....

Food experts worry as population and hunger grow

by Neil MacFarquhar New York Times October 21, 2009

ROME — Scientists and development experts across the globe are racing to increase food production by 50 percent over the next two decades to feed the world’s growing population, yet many doubt their chances despite a broad consensus that enough land, water and expertise exist....

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