Gary Cohen is co-founder and president of Health Care Without Harm. His focus is global health care delivery and its role in promoting health equity, environmental Read More
Nutrition & Food Security
Adequate fruit and vegetable (F&V) intake is important for disease prevention.
Hundreds of people here in the city of Cumaná, home to one of the region’s independence heroes, marched on a supermarket in recent days, screaming for food. They forced open a large metal gate and poured inside. They snatched water, flour, cornmeal, salt, sugar, potatoes, anything they could find, leaving behind only broken freezers and
Devex: David Nabarro: Malnutrition problem requires multi-partner solutions “Malnutrition is the ‘new normal,’ according to the 2016 Global Nutrition Report released [last] week … For David Nabarro, special representative of the U.N. secretary general for food security and nutrition, it’s vital that the global community recognizes the damage caused by malnutrition in early life for…More
U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: El Niño Brings Drought and Hunger to Madagascar David Lane, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. agencies in Rome, discusses a recent trip to Madagascar to see the effects of ongoing drought and the El Niño weather pattern on the country’s food security. He writes, “We need to take collective action…More
Chicago Council on Global Affairs: New Council Report: Food Insecure India Needs Systemic Reforms to Nourish Growing Cities “A new report by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, entitled Investing to Nourish India’s Cities, argues that substantial public investments are needed to address food system inefficiencies and improve food and nutrition security in urban India”…More
Summary We evaluate the long-term effects of famine on chronic diseases using China’s Great Leap Forward Famine as a natural experiment.
Reuters: More than 41 million people in Southern Africa face food insecurity: trade bloc “An estimated 41 million people are food insecure with 21 million people requiring immediate assistance in Southern Africa, a regional economic bloc said on Wednesday, after a drought ravaged the region. The Southern African Development Community director for food, agriculture, and…More
Global health diplomacy (GHD) focuses on international negotiation; principally between nation states, but increasingly non-state actors However, agreements made at the global level have to be enacted at the n…
The Guardian: Poor nutrition now affects a third of the human race, says report “Malnutrition has become ‘the new normal’ and now affects a third of humanity, according to a study that warns of the devastating human and economic toll of undernutrition and obesity. … Not only is malnutrition responsible for nearly half of all…More
Deutsche Welle: Pope condemns ‘paradox’ of guns but no food in conflict zones “Pope Francis told a meeting at the U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP) that preventing supplies from reaching war zones was a violation of international law, adding that the world faced a ‘strange paradox.’ Francis’ visit to the WFP was the first by…More
The Hill: Global food security index a call to action Jim Collins, executive vice president with responsibility for the DuPont Agriculture segment: DuPont Pioneer and Crop Protection “…Pressures on systems that support food security even in the most developed countries are growing. … That’s why DuPont is deeply invested in building resiliency in food systems…More
A first photo of my hours-old niece, who joined the world in April 2013. “Aunt Hopey, stand UP!” commands my three-year-old niece from atop her parents’ bed, pulling me up into her imaginary kingdom (with surprising force, I might add!) and leading the way as we stomp in a circle and shout together an authoritative staccato refrain: “March! March! MARCH!” (Pro tip: Don’t introduce a little one to a new game unless you are willing to repeat it several hundred times.) read more
Food insecurity remains highly prevalent in developing countries and over the past two decades it has increasingly been recognized as a serious public health problem, including in Ethiopia.