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Economic growth and early childhood undernutrition: evidence from 36 LMIC

“Economic growth is widely regarded as a necessary, and often sufficient, condition for the improvement of population health. We aimed to assess whether macroeconomic growth…

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Can countries develop without suffering epidemic obesity?

Much has been made of the obesity epidemic in the United States – and, importantly so: more than a third of Americans are obese and…

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“Fetishism” and Humanitarian Aid – an Interview

I recently ran across a fascinating article in the Third World Quarterly, The fetishism of humanitarian objects and the management of malnutrition in emergencies. The…

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Economic growth and early childhood undernutrition: evidence from 36 LMIC

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“Economic growth is widely regarded as a necessary, and often sufficient, condition for the improvement of population health. We aimed to assess whether macroeconomic growth…


Can countries develop without suffering epidemic obesity?

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Much has been made of the obesity epidemic in the United States – and, importantly so: more than a third of Americans are obese and…


“Fetishism” and Humanitarian Aid – an Interview

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I recently ran across a fascinating article in the Third World Quarterly, The fetishism of humanitarian objects and the management of malnutrition in emergencies. The…


Sustainability, Food and Nutrition Security, and the Post-2015 Development Goals

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Food affordability, Optifood, and the complexity of developing nutritional solutions for children

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A few weeks ago an interesting and important technical report from the FANTA project was released on dietary research conducted in Guatemala. The report has…


How complexity thinking cut malnutrition in Vietnam by two thirds

To end complexity week, another of the fascinating case studies from Ben Ramalingam’s Aid on the Edge of Chaos In December 1991, Jerry and Monique Sternin arrived in Vietnam so Jerry could take up the role of Save the Children US Country Director. The country was still labouring under a US-led economic embargo and had seriously


The limitations of “behavior change” – cases studies from child malnutrition

Figure 2: Prevalence of chronic malnutrition by year of birth in one rural Guatemalan community

What is “behavior change?” This popular technical term is used increasingly in the global health and development sectors to describe any sort of strategy or…


What explains the weird way Congress voted down food aid reform?

Flickr, pinehurst19475 The recent defeat in Congress of legislation aimed at improving the efficiencies of our foreign efforts to feed the hungry didn’t fall into the normal partisan divisions, or even expected special interest categories. The Obama Administration has proposed changes to our nation’s uniquely wasteful and self-serving system of food aid (which requires we … Continue reading →


Timor-Leste embarks on fish farming for food security

An aquaculture strategy in impoverished Timor-Leste could boost the country’s economy.


The impact of food price spikes

As we discussed in a previous post, several causes led to a massive spike in food prices internationally in 2008 and again a few years…