Agriculture & Nutrition


United Nations Asks for Additional Food Resources as Corona Virus Impacts World

by Andrew Meldrum Associated Press July 6, 2020

Last week, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has asked for Five Billion Dollars to help fight hunger in developing and middle-income countries. David Beasley, WFP Executive Director said the number of hungry people could increase by 82% due to the pandemic. ...


These 18 Organizations Are Building a Stronger Food System Through Agroecology

by Food Tank Lists Food Tank June 10, 2020

Agroecology is defined by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as a set of agricultural practices that “apply ecological concepts and principles to optimize interactions between plants, animals, humans and the environment whil...

Pandemics, Crisis and Hunger: An Interview with Dr. Ron Waldman Part 1

by June 7, 2020

June 7, 2020        Hunger Notes editors Peter Morris and Steve Hansch interviewed pandemic expert Dr. Ron Waldman (RW), Professor of Global Health at George Washington School of Public Health and long-time point person for international health in emergenci...

Global Nutrition Report 2020 Reports that Malnutrition is Leading Cause of Mortality and Morbidity

by Development Initiatives, Bristol, UK 2020 Global Nutrition Report: Action on equity to end malnutrition. May 12, 2020

2020 Global Nutrition Report: Action on equity to end malnutrition was released 12 May 2020. The report states that one in nine persons around the world suffers from hunger (820 million) and one in three persons is overweight or obese (also a form of malnutrition). In a forward to the report by Da...

Build diverse food systems for post-COVID-19 world

by Trevor Nicholls, Sayed Azam-Ali, Ismahane Elouafi, David Molden, Segenet Kelemu, Albin Hubscher, Marco Wopereis SciDevNet April 30, 2020

The Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture (AIRCA) writes about the neednyo develop diverse food systems to support global food and nutrition security....

COVID-19 Narratives by Dr David Nabarro

by Dr. David Nabarro 4SD April 7, 2020

World Food Prize winner Dr. David Nabarro writes about COVID-19...

Food goes to waste amid coronavirus crisis

by ADAM BEHSUDI and RYAN MCCRIMMON Politico April 5, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is leading the food industry and regulators to change policies as they grapple with empty shelves, a glut of fresh produce and milk, and sudden shifts in consumer buying habits....

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Mapped Malnutrition Data Shows Concerning Disparities in Many Countries

by Damaris K. Kinyoki et. al. University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation January 27, 2020

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) published and analyzed mapped data from lower and middle income countries (LMIC) which showed geo-spatial malnutrition data which gives a more accurate picture of concerning disparities within and across countries. This article was in Nature ear...

Desert Locust Plague in East Africa

by Ben Curtis, Josphat Kasire and Cara Anna Associated Press January 25, 2020

According to the cited article by the Associated Press, Kenya is experiencing the worst Desert Locust outbreak in the past 70 years. Ethiopia and Somalia are having the worst infestation since in the past 25 years. These attacks greatly affect food security in rural areas. ...

Fall Armyworm in Malawi

by Agence France Presse Agence France Presse January 23, 2020

The Fall Armyworm infestation in Malawi has damaged approximately 355,000 acres. The Fall Armyworm is the larval stage of a moth (Spodoptera frugiperda). It is a recent arrival in Africa arriving in 2016, most likely on imported produce from the Americas. This is especially troubling as the larvae e...