Nutrition & Food Security



Fish, food security and health in Pacific Island countries and territories: a systematic…

Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) face a double burden of disease, with a high prevalence of household food insecurity and childhood micronutrient deficiencies, accompanied by a burgeoning incre…


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


North Korea’s Food Security Worsening Due To Drought, FAO Warns

Associated Press: U.N. says North Korea food security worsening “The U.N. food agency says water scarcity has caused a drop in North Korea’s food production for the first time since 2010, threatening to worsen food security in the reclusive nation…” (4/27). International Business Times: Drought-hit North Korea ‘facing food security threat’ “…Cristina Coslet, the agency’s…More

Global wheat breeding returns billions in benefits but stable financing remains elusive

What do a chapati, a matza, or couscous have in common? The answer is wheat, which is a source for one-fifth of the calories and protein consumed globally. Yet, stable, assured funding for public research for this important food grain remains elusive. For 45 years, world-class scientists from two research centers of CGIAR – the world’s only global research system that focuses on the crops of most importance to poor farmers in developing countries – have battled the odds to provide wheat and nourish the world’s growing population. Their innovations have helped to boost wheat yields, fight debilitating pests and ward off diseases, improving the lives of nearly 80 million poor farmers.

G7 Ministers Pledge To Promote Agricultural Innovation, Investment For Food Security

Bloomberg: Innovation, Investment Needed for Food Security: Ministers “Ministers from the Group of Seven nations agreed Sunday to promote agricultural innovation and investment as farmers face the twin challenges of an aging workforce and extreme weather at a time when global food demand is increasing…” (Takada, 4/24).

Approval Of Bipartisan Global Food Security Act Signals U.S. Commitment To End Hunger

Huffington Post: Bipartisan Leadership on Food Security Should be Applauded Lindsay Coates, executive vice president at InterAction “…[B]y sharing U.S. expertise in agriculture development and working in partnership with smallholder farmers we can continue the progress already being made in tackling global hunger. … [T]he recent approval of the Global Food Security Act (H.R. 1567/S.…More

U.S. To Provide Additional $20M To Zimbabwe For Food Assistance During Drought

Reuters: U.S. to feed half a million Zimbabweans until October after drought “Nearly half a million Zimbabweans will continue to receive food aid for another six months after the United States provided an extra $20 million to help ease hunger in 12 of the country’s districts hit by the worst drought in a generation. ……More

Senate Passes Global Food Security Act; House, Senate Staffers Working On Compromise Final Bill

ONE Blog: The Global Food Security Act passed the Senate … so what’s next? Ted Brennan, assistant director of government affairs at the ONE Campaign, writes, “On April 20, the United States Senate passed its version of S. 1252, the Global Food Security Act (GFSA), by unanimous consent. … Since the House and Senate have…More

Experts Discuss Global Food System Challenges, Solutions In Food Tank Interviews

Food Tank: Ten Questions with Pamela Fessenden of the USAID Bureau for Food Security Pamela Fessenden, director of the Office of Market and Partnership Innovations at USAID’s Bureau for Food Security, says improved resources for smallholder farmers could help “break the poverty cycle” (4/19). Food Tank: Six Questions with Roger Thurow, Senior Fellow at the…More

WFP To Launch Food Aid Operation To Assist 1M Haitians Affected By Drought

U.N. News Centre: U.N. food relief agency to assist one million Haitians hit by three-year drought “The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced [Monday] it will launch an emergency operation in Haiti to assist one million people devastated by three years of prolonged drought exacerbated by the El Niño weather phenomenon…” (4/18).

Impact of a school-based intervention to promote fruit uptake: a cluster randomised controlled…

There is evidence that fruit consumption among school children is below the recommended levels.

Neighbourhood effects on body constitution- a case study of Hong Kong

Publication date: Available online 13 April 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine Author(s): Chien Tat Low, Poh Chin Lai, Han Dong Li, Wai Kit Ho, Paulina Wong, Si Chen, Wing Cheung Wong Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has long perceived environment as an integral part of the development of body constitution, which is a personal state of health closely related to disease presence.

What have 3 years of campaigning on Big Food achieved? What still needs to happen?

Erinch Sahan, acting head of Oxfam’s private sector team, looks back on 3 years of trying to get the world’s food giants to clean up their act, the subject of a new Behind the Brands report. The captains of the food industry have come a long way over the last few years. The “Big 10”, the world’s 10 largest food and beverage companies, have moved from …

African Development Bank President Speaks With Devex About Framing Nutrition As Economic Issue

Devex: Malnutrition — it’s the economy, stupid! “…The dearth of finance ministers in the [World Bank spring meeting] discussion about agriculture and nutrition is a central challenge for another panelist, Akinwumi Adesina, who assumed the presidency of the African Development Bank last year. Adesina, a former minister of agriculture in Nigeria, says he wants to…More

Blog Post Explores Challenges Of Scaling Up Global Food Supply Chain

Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc.: Growth opportunities and growing pains in a changing global food system Alesha Black, director of the Global Food and Agriculture Program at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, discusses the global food supply chain and challenges of “unit[ing] rural food supply with urban food need” (April 2016).

Additional $7B Over Next 10 Years Required To End Severe Malnutrition, Study Says

ONE Blog: Historic new analysis puts price tag on global malnutrition crisis Eloise Todd, ONE’s global policy director, discusses a new report from the World Bank, Results for Development Institute, and 1,000 Days, which estimates “ending severe malnutrition worldwide will require an additional annual investment of $7 billion for the next 10 years,” as well…More

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