Nutrition & Food Security



Lychee fruit can kill underfed kids

Indian scientists confirm that toxins in the lychee fruit can cause fatal brain damage in underfed children.


Our favorite Hub Originals from 2015

In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of our favorite Hub Originals from 2015. The Global Health Hub publishes original pieces from writers engaged Read More


Why Tortillas May Hold The Key To Healthier Babies

In the U.S., pastas and breads come with a dose of folic acid, a B vitamin that prevents severe neural tube birth defects. But it’s Read More


With homicide rates on the rise, the Peace Corps pulls out of El Salvador

As El Salvador slips deeper into the grip of violence, the U.S. Peace Corps exits the country, suspending a program in the Central American country that has been in operation since 1962. The withdrawal was “due to the ongoing security environment,” the agency said in a statement, but did not identify any specific security incidents

Malawi Experiencing Food Shortages After Fertilizer Grant Program Scaled Back

Reuters: In southern Africa, an illusion built on aid heralds hope and hunger “…Drought and floods have hit the maize crop, exposing the fragility of gains which had seen Malawi’s rates of malnutrition slashed in the past two decades. That progress was partly rooted in a fertilizer grant for small-scale farmers. But now the government,…More

Feed The Future Makes Progress Toward Ending Global Hunger

Feed the Future Blog: Forward Progress in the Fight to End Global Hunger Beth Dunford, assistant to the administrator for USAID’s Bureau for Food Security and deputy coordinator for development for Feed the Future, discusses Feed the Future’s efforts and progress toward ending global hunger (2/4).

Zimbabwe President Mugabe Declares ‘State Of Disaster’ Due To Drought, Food Shortages

Agence France-Presse: Zimbabwe declares ‘state of disaster’ over drought “Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe on Friday declared a ‘state of disaster’ in many rural areas hit by a severe drought, with more than a quarter of the population facing food shortages…” (Jongwe, 2/5). BBC News: Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe declares drought disaster “…The announcement comes days after…More

Global Food Prices At Near 7-Year Low To Begin 2016, U.N. Agency Says

Reuters: World food prices start 2016 at near seven-year low “World food prices fell to near a seven-year low in January, weighed down by declines for agricultural commodities, particularly sugar, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday…” (Binnie, 2/4).

Weekly links February 5: the future of the World Bank, education reforms, nutrition evidence,…

The latest Journal of Economic Perspectives has two papers on the role of the World Bank: Clemens and Kremer on its role in facilitating international agreements to reduce poverty; and Ravallion on the role as a knowledge bank. Clemens and Kremer have a nice list of policy areas where developing countries have dramatically changed policies following World Bank involvement and conclude that “While it is impossible to quantify the Bank’s policy influence in a precise way, our judgment is that Bank donors are getting a tremendous amount of policy influence with their limited funding. This influence comes both through deals that link Bank finance to policy reform and through the Bank’s soft power. For this reason, allocating more resources to the Bank would be desirable.” The JEP also has a nice summary by Larry Katz of Roland Fryer’s work. The wonkblog on how much evidence there is (or is not) behind nutrition guidelines, and how evidence interacts with public policy demands – and of the difficulties of using RCTs in this context but also the dangers of veering towards nutritional nihilism Finally, if you wonder why your emails don’t get replied to, here is PhD comics

Aid Agencies Work To Get Food, Humanitarian Aid To Syrians, But Supplies, Funding Continue To…

Associated Press: Syrian refugees struggle to buy food as aid dwindles “…As aid agencies struggle to keep pace with the worst refugee crisis since World War II, they have been forced to cut back on assistance, including food rations. With no end in sight to the Syrian war, and regional host countries increasingly overwhelmed, many…More

Market Models Can Create ‘New Paradigm’ To Improve Global Nutrition, Food Security

Huffington Post: Innovative Partnerships Models to Advance Nutrition and Security Marc Van Ameringen, executive director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) “…The food system is essential to not only maintain healthy lives, but also for global health security. … [M]ultidimensional challenges require us to strengthen the existing food system and change the way…More

Hunger, Starvation Affecting Civilians In South Sudan Conflict Zones, Ceasefire Monitor Says

Agence France-Presse: Civilians ‘starving to death’ in S. Sudan war zones: monitor “South Sudanese civilians are dying of starvation as warring forces flout a peace deal, the chief ceasefire monitor said Tuesday, adding he was ‘staggered’ at conditions after two years of war. … ‘I continue to urge you, the leaders of South Sudan, to…More

Unrelenting drought forces Ethiopia to appeal for international aid

After months of denying that there is a problem, Ethiopia has finally made an appeal to international donors to address what some are calling its worst drought in a half-century. At least 10 million people need help despite massive improvements in the decades since the last famine that grabbed international headlines and spurred the LiveAid

U.S. Commits To Strengthening Global Response To Refugee Crises

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Strengthening The Global Response to Refugee Crises Worldwide Elizabeth Campbell, senior humanitarian adviser in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, discusses U.S. commitments “to strengthen the global response to refugee crises worldwide. As evidence of the United States’ commitment to this issue, President Obama will host a Summit on the…More

Are studies underestimating the effects of sanitation on child nutrition? –…

Should child growth replace diarrhoea as the primary child health outcome for sanitation trials? We appreciate Derek Headey’s comment in relation to our trial1 that the window of opportunity to plausibly affect growth faltering is from in utero up to 24 months, and therefore that sanitation trials should focus growth assessments in children with exposure to the intervention who are younger than 24 months. Ongoing sanitation trials in rural Kenya (NCT01704105), Bangladesh (NCT01590095), and Zimbabwe (NCT01824940) have chosen to enrol target children in utero precisely because of the recognition that child stunting and environmental enteric dysfunction can begin before birth.

USAID Announces Additional $97M In Emergency Food Aid To Ethiopia; U.N. SG Ban Calls For More…

Agence France-Presse: Millions of Ethiopians facing worst drought for decades: U.N. “Ethiopia is struggling from its worst drought for 30 years with millions in dire need of life saving aid, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Sunday…” (Boulo, 1/31). Associated Press: U.S. pledges $97M to combat Ethiopia’s drought “The U.S

Number Of Zimbabweans Needing Food Aid To Double Or Triple In 2016, Social Welfare Minister…

Bloomberg Business: Zimbabweans Needing Food Aid May Triple This Year, Minister Says “The number of Zimbabweans who will need emergency food aid this year may have doubled or trebled from last year, Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira said. The southern African nation is facing its worst drought in almost two decades, withering crops and killing…More

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