Agriculture & Nutrition

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...

A tragic choice: Fight malaria or starve

by Ben C. Solomon New York Times January 24, 2015

Millions of mosquito nets are given out fight to malaria in Africa, yet many faced with hunger use them as fish nets, creating potential environmental problems....

Vaccine aide gunned down in Pakistan

by Salmon Masgood New York Times December 28, 2014

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A health worker supervising a polio vaccination campaign was fatally shot and two others were wounded on Saturday when gunmen opened fire at a hospital in northwestern Pakistan, officials said....

Every dollar spent on childhood nutrition can save up to $166, new study finds

by Bjorn Lomborg The Guardian November 28, 2014

For more than a year we have been analysing the issue of childhood nutrition (along with a large number of other topics that go into the post-2015 discussion). Nutrition is obviously one of the most critical issues for development. Both children and adults need a good quality diet, but, like others ...

Women play an important role in guaranteeing sufficient food supply for their families. They are among the stakeholders whose voice needs to be heard in the debate on nutrition. Photo: FIAN International

Democratizing the fight against malnutrition

by Geneviève Lavoie-Mathieu Inter Press Service November 27, 2014

ROME, Nov 27 2014 (IPS) - There is a new dimension to the issue of malnutrition – governments, civil society and the private sector have started to come together around a common nutrition agenda. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the ...

FAO releases “Food and Nutrition in Numbers”

by FAO November 17, 2014

17 November 2014, Rome - FAO has published a comprehensive pocketbook of nutrition-related data covering all regions of the world ahead of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) taking place in Rome this week.Food and Nutrition in Numbers – a pocket-sized compendium dedicated to t...

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....

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