Tackling the “Other” Malnutrition on the Rise in Africa: Obesity

In this guest post, Sheryl Hendriks, Director of the Institute for Food Nutrition and Well-being at the University of Pretoria, South Africa argues an unexpected but dangerous form of malnutrition is on the rise in Africa, and outlines recommendations from the Malabo Montepellier Panel on how to tackle it.  

Sprouting Grains for Stronger Bones: The Power of Finger Millet

In this guest blog post, Jerome Bossuet of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) explains the potential that the calcium-rich cereal finger millet has for combatting calcium deficiency around the world.

Today’s special on the CFS menu: Nutrition

On Wednesday 19th of October, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was to make some key decisions on advancing nutrition. Egypt has played a leading role in the CFS’s engagement in this area. As an Egyptian, I was particularly interested in knowing more about the process so far. I spoke with Mr. Khaled El Taweel, Egypt’s Representative ahead of the Wednesday session.

Livestock counts

This week marked a milestone for the Committee on World Food Security (CFS).  For the first time since its reform, it recognised the role of livestock in addressing malnutrition, sustainable agriculture and climate change.

Ranging “from too little to too much”: Malnutrition is complex

Leaving the opening plenary session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) which took place in Rome today, one of the aspects discussed there stuck with me like a gum on the sole of my shoe: the complexity of malnutrition.

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Animal borne diseases: Double trouble for health and development

In the movie Contagion, a sick bat falls into a pig pen and starts an epidemic that spreads around the world.

Hidden Hunger, Childhood Development and Long-Term Prospects for Society and Economy

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Topics will include:

Impact of malnutrition on intrauterine development and its consequences on long-term health,

Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2)

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The Conference will be the first high-level intergovernmental conference on nutrition since the First International Conference on Nutrition was organized by FAO and WHO in 1992. Global economy, food systems and the nutritional status of populations have changed markedly since the first ICN and a new policy framework and more appropriate responses are needed. 

Rethinking food insecurity and undernutrition in Africa

Food insecurity and undernutrition are low on priority list of most countries, particularly in Africa. The results are staggering: perpetuated poverty, threatened human survival, and economic stagnation.