Agriculture & Nutrition

Pakistan polio drive suspended after 8 health workers killed by extremists (video)

by BBC News December 19, 2012

The UN has suspended its polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan following more attacks on health workers involved in the programme....

Five reasons malnutrition still kills in Nepal

by IRIN News December 14, 2012

Levels of wasting - acute malnutrition, or low weight-to-height ratio - hardly changed from 2006 to 2011, according to the Nepal Demographic and Health Survey 2011 (DHS)....

New HIV cases falling in some poor nations, but treatment still lags

by Donald G McNeil Jr New York Times November 20, 2012

New infections with H.I.V. have dropped by half in the past decade in 25 poor and middle-income countries, many of them in Africa, the continent hardest hit by AIDS, the United Nations said Tuesday....

A man at the Yamuna River, an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. Filthy standing water abounds in New Delhi. Photo:Enrico Fabian/New York Times

As dengue fever sweeps India, a slow response stirs experts’ fears

by Gardiner Harris New York Times November 6, 2012

NEW DELHI — An epidemic of dengue fever in India is fostering a growing sense of alarm even as government officials here have publicly refused to acknowledge the scope of a problem that experts say is threatening hundreds of millions of people, not just in India but around the world....

Is nutrition getting the attention it deserves?

by IRIN News October 31, 2012

Two years after the launch of a global effort to mobilize countries in the use of scientific approaches to improve nutrition, the movement seems to be gaining momentum. More than 30 countries have signed up with the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement, better known by its acronym SUN....

In pictures: Sierra Leone’s cholera outbreak

by BBC News September 28, 2012

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USAID nutritionist leaves legacy of saving lives

by Margie Ferris-Morris Hunger Notes September 12, 2012

(September 1, 2012) Frances Davidson recently retired from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) after dedicating 24 years to efforts for improving the nutritional well-being of people in developing nations. She served as acting Director of USAID Office of Nutrition and Dire...

Beyond 7 billion: The coming wave of population growth will reshape the planet, and the impact will be greatest in the poorest, most unstable countrie...

by Kenneth R Weiss Los Angeles Times August 14, 2012

Global birthrates are falling. But with many in their fertile years and political and cultural forces against contraception, the population explosion is far from over....

After 14 years, Philippines moves forward with bill to improve contraceptive access

by Floyd Whaley New York Times August 6, 2012

MANILA — Despite opposition from the powerful Roman Catholic Church, a bill that would mandate sex education in schools and subsidize contraceptives moved ahead on Monday after being stalled in the Philippine Congress for 14 years....

Breaking the cycle of HIV, hunger and poverty

by World Food Program July 24, 2012

Hunger and malnutrition are significant obstacles to the global fight against the HIV virus. A growing consensus of experts at the International AIDS Conference in Washington DC (AIDS 2012) agreed that helping patients with HIV meet their nutritional needs can make the difference between life and de...