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Friday, September 4, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

FAO and MasterCard Join Forces on Financial Inclusion

Source: Finextra

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and MasterCard are joining forces to create an innovative new alliance against hunger.
Thursday, August 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

34 Indigenous Crops Promoting Health and Feeding the World

Source: Food Tank

Every day, plant species across the globe are disappearing. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports that approximately 75 percent of the Earth’s plant genetic resources are now extinct, and another third of plant biodiversity is expected to disappear by 2050. Up to 100,000 plant varieties are currently endangered worldwide.
Monday, August 24, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Meet Moringa, The African Superfood That's Healthier Than Kale

Source: Fast Company

It's packed with calcium, protein, and vitamins — and putting it in your smoothie will also send money to African farmers.
Friday, August 14, 2015 — South Asia

Bill Gates to Narendra Modi: You Need to Generate New Healthcare Models for India

Source: Firstpost

After over a year in power, the Narendra Modi government's decisions to cut federal welfare spending on the poorest of India's 1.25 billion people have come in for a sharp criticism, including from within his cabinet.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Shake It Off: How the Sustainable Development Goals Grew Up and Got Out of Nashville

Source: Development Policy Centre

I love country music. I even went to see Dolly Parton in Sydney a few years ago, when she came to Australia and brought her very own star-spangled retro tour bus.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 — Latin America

Mexico Bans Giveaways of Baby Formula at Hospitals

Source: BBC

The Mexican government has banned free baby formula at hospitals in an effort to encourage breastfeeding.
Friday, July 31, 2015 — No Region Specified

The New Market Builders for Health Innovation

Source: Devex

We often criticize the fragmentation of global development into isolated silos: education, governance, agriculture, environment, humanitarian assistance, economic growth. Even within the silos, there are silos.
Thursday, July 30, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

President Obama Announces Major Progress Through Feed the Future Initiative


On July 28 President Obama announced that Feed the Future, his signature global hunger and food security initiative, is delivering on his promise to reduce hunger and malnutrition through agricultural development. New data demonstrate that, thanks in part to Feed the Future and other U.S. Government efforts, stunting rates have declined in Ethiopia, Ghana, and parts of Kenya by between 9 and 33 percent in recent years, while areas in Uganda have seen a 16 percent drop in poverty.
Friday, July 10, 2015 — South Asia

Food Politics Hits India's Most Malnourished Children


Clutching battered metal plates, the children waited patiently in a remote central Indian village for the two small flat pieces of bread and scoop of boiled potato curry that would be their only full meal that day.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 — South Asia

Saving the Cows, Starving the Children

Source: The New York Times

Gandhi famously denied himself food. And by starving himself to protest British rule, he ultimately made India stronger. But India’s leaders today are using food as a weapon, and they are sacrificing not themselves, but others. Their decisions threaten to make India’s children — already among the most undernourished in the world — weaker still.
Monday, June 22, 2015 — No Region Specified

Guess Which Country Has The Biggest Increase In Soda Drinking

Source: NPR

The Big Soda companies are spending money to develop new markets in low- and middle-income countries. In some of these places, people are earning a bit more than a few years before, so they have more money for soda.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: What's Driving Ethiopia's Remarkable Improvements in Nutritional Health?

Source: allAfrica

Since 2000, Ethiopia has been doing something right in early childhood nutrition. Under-five child stunting rates have dropped from 58 percent to 40 percent, child wasting has dropped below 10 percent, and the prevalence of underweight in young children has declined from 41 to 25 percent.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 — No Region Specified

Gates pledges $776M for malnutrition, unlocks UK commitments

Source: Devex

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — the world’s largest private foundation — will spend $776 million over the next six years to fight malnutrition, a strong signal of support for a historically underfunded sector, according to the foundation’s leaders.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Food Safety in Southern Africa - Rethinking World Health Worries

Source: allAfrica

The theme for World Health Day, held on 7 April 2015, was 'From farm to plate - make food safe.' The main motivation for the theme was the alarming amount of bacteria borne diseases across the globe, transmitted by eating food which is contaminated by bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances.
Monday, June 1, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa: KZN Launches Human Milk Banks

Source: allAfrica

Far too few South African women practice exclusive breastfeeding and, as a result, far too many children are dying.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 — South Asia

Analysis: Golden Rice in India: Is It Necessary? What Are Impediments to Adoption?

Source: Genetic Literacy Project

There is a saying in Chinese used to wish others well that means, “may you never live in interesting times.” In a complex world full of conflict, disease, and death, the idea of living in a simpler world without the plagues of the present must seem comforting to most. Sadly, this is not the world we live in, no matter how much one may wish it into reality. For those living in rural India, life can be a constant struggle.
Thursday, May 21, 2015 — South Asia

The Key to a Global Nutritional Crisis Might Be a Simple Iron Fish

Source: Good

In 2009, Christopher Charles came up with a surprisingly simple and astonishingly effective tool to increase dietary iron intake without resorting to pills: A small metal fish – a symbol of luck in Cambodian culture – that can infuse food with the proper amount of necessary iron to ensure better overall nutrition.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 — South Asia

India Needs to Improve Healthcare As Part of Global Millennium Development Goals: WHO

Source: The Economic Times

India and many other southeast Asian countries need to improve their record on public healthcare, the WHO said today as it warned that the world will fall short in achieving the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on many indicators by the end of this year.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rich Mom, Poor Mom: Growing Gap in Global Access to Maternal Healthcare

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

A new report by Save the Children says mothers and children in the developing world are particularly at risk. But some countries, like Ethiopia, have made major gains in the last decade.
Friday, April 10, 2015 — South Asia

India Has Third-Highest Number of Obese People, Reveals Study

Source: DNA India

India has the third-highest number of obese and overweight people (11 % of adolescents, and 20 % of all adults) after US and China, a recent study mapping global malnutrition trends has revealed.
Friday, April 3, 2015 — No Region Specified

The Healthiest (and Least Healthy) Countries in the World

Source: 24/7 Wall St.

World Health Day is on April 7, and people around the globe are turning their attention to health issues. The global infant mortality rate of 33.6 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2013 has followed a long-term downward trend. Similarly, life expectancy has improved dramatically in recent decades. The improvements were uneven, however, and health conditions continue to vary widely between nations.
Thursday, March 19, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How a Sachet of Micronutrient Powder Boosts Somali Children's Health and Development

Source: PSI Impact

Hargeisa, Somaliland March 2015: Hasha Abdi Abdullahi was desperate. She was living in a makeshift camp for the displaced in Hargeisa with her seven children after being forced to leave her home, 50 kilometres away, because of drought. She was heavily in debt and her three-year-old son, Abdisalam Mustafa Farah had started to refuse all food and showed signs of being malnourished.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 — South Asia

India Bets on Mobiles in Battle on Maternal, Child Deaths

Source: Reuters

India is betting on cheap mobile phones to cut some of the world's highest rates of maternal and child deaths, as it rolls out a campaign of voice messages delivering health advice to pregnant women and mothers.
Monday, February 23, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Grameen Launches Media Project for Ghana Smallholders

Source: Voice of America

A new initiative has been launched to increase food security for small holder farmers in five regions in Ghana. The initiative - ICT Challenge – is a partnership between the Grameen Foundation, Farm Radio International and Digital Green.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 — South Asia

Bangladesh to Get $300 million World Bank Loan for Child Health

Source: Reuters

Bangladesh is to get a $300-million loan from the World Bank's International Development Association (IDA) to help improve child nutrition after a deal was signed on Monday.
Monday, January 5, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How Companies and NGOs Can Work Together to Tackle Food Security

Source: Devex

While the year of agriculture and nutrition, as declared by the African Union, may be over, those issues will undoubtedly remain top development priorities and can present unique opportunities for collaboration with business.
Thursday, October 16, 2014 — Latin America

IDB and PepsiCo Foundation Launch Innovative Program to Prevent Undernutrition and Obesity in Latin American Infants

Source: Inter-American Development Bank

On the eve of World Food Day, the IDB and the PepsiCo Foundation announce $5 million grant for nutrition program to help children in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 — South Asia

Climate smart farmers get tech savvy to save India's bread basket

Source: Reuters

Erratic weather, rising temperatures, declining water resources and labour shortages are threatening India's bread basket state of Haryana, forcing farmers to abandon age-old practices and adopt technology to ensure food supplies for millions.
Monday, September 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Notts company Eminate aims to improve global health with new ingredients

Source: Nottingham Post

After achieving global success with a salt-reduction product, a Nottingham company is working on new ingredients which could improve health.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 — South Asia

The Man Who Feeds 1.2 Million Kids A Day

Source: Fast CoExist

Running a massive school meals program that feeds malnourished kids, Manoj Kumar is on a mission to show how entrepreneurs can make real inroads in tackling India's age-old social problems.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — Latin America

Coca-Cola Life Markets As 'Healthy Coke' In South America: Is It Really Better For You?

Source: Latin Times

Coca-Cola Co. is introducing Coca-Cola Life -- a mid-calorie cola that was released in Argentina and Chile last year -- to the Mexican market in September. Each 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola life contains half the calories of a regular Coke, with 64 calories and 16 grams of sugar. According to the Wall Street Journal, the product has tested well (in both flavor and concept) with Mexicans.
Friday, August 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Nutrition: there's no quick fix for hunger or obesity

Source: The Guardian

“It is worth remembering that nutrition didn’t feature at all in the first set of goals. It was the forgotten MDG,” says Marc Van Ameringen. As the world this week marks 500 days until the end of the millennium development goals (MDGs), I got an interview with the executive director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (Gain).
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Does emergency nutrition cripple local economies?

Source: The Guardian

Providing emergency nutrition in a way that undermines the capacity of local economies to respond to food insecurity and malnutrition themselves seems a clear violation of the 'do-no-harm' principle.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — South Asia

India's Welcome Reform Of Its Ghastly Food Aid Program

Source: Forbes

India is making essential changes to the way that it operates its food aid program for the poor.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

5 ways to deliver nutrition through cash crop standards

Source: Devex

Nutrition security is an essential part of improving farmer livelihoods.
Friday, July 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Bill Gates: Health, agriculture key to Africa's development

Source: Global Post

Health and agriculture development are key if African countries are to overcome poverty and grow, US software billionaire Bill Gates said Thursday, as he received an honourary degree in Ethiopia.
Friday, July 25, 2014 — South Asia

From food aid to nutritious, locally produced food: A look at fortifying flour in Ethiopia

Source: Devex

Right now in Ethiopia, nearly half of all children under the age of 5 are stunted and anemic.
Friday, July 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Abia, Ford Foundation, Forward Africa partner on youth health and development

Source: The Guardian Nigeria

EXPANSION of integrated programming to improve the reproductive health and general development of young people in Abia state has taken a new turn in the state capital following the inauguration of a 15-member Technical Working Group (TWG).
Thursday, July 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

What Conditions Will Bring More Investors into the Sustainable Seafood Sector?

Source: National Geographic

As sustainable seafood markets grow, philanthropists, nonprofit leaders, and entrepreneurs see opportunities for impact-minded investors to make profits while creating positive change in the oceans.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

Focus on Poverty: More nutrition science or political will?

Source: SciDev.Net

The second Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI) has just been launched, providing detailed evidence on efforts to reduce hunger (ten indicators) and undernutrition (12 indicators) in 45 developing countries.
Thursday, July 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Global Insulin Market Worth $47.54 Billion by 2020 Research Report Available Online

Source: WhaTech

Key industry participants include Sanofi, Novo Nordisk, Eli Lilly, Novartis, Biocon, Oramed Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Dongbao Enterprise Group Co., Ltd. and others.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New mobile project to tackle malnutrition in Africa and Asia

Source: ILRI news

A CABI-led consortium has gained GSMA funding to help three million people access nutrition information using mobile technology.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tanzania: Missing Link Between Economic Growth, Poverty Reduction

Source: AllAfrica

THE much celebrated economic growth in Tanzania and other African countries that are said to make good progress can only have a meaning if there will be myriad poverty alleviation indicators.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

Orissa-based Milk Mantra raises $13M in Series C led by Fidelity Growth Partners

Source: VCCircle

The transaction also had a secondary component where 25 angel investors and an old fund under Aavishkaar have exited.
Monday, June 30, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

GSMA announces mHealth partnership across Sub-Saharan Africa

Source: IT News Africa

The GSMA has announced that its Mobile for Development mHealth programme has launched a new cross-ecosystem partnership designed to provide a range of mHealth services to women and children, with a particular focus on nutrition, across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Monday, June 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Are World Cup viewers receiving a message that could make them sick?

Source: Irish Examiner

The World Cup has a profound social impact, including on global health, according to Kent Buse and Sarah Hawkes
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Dairy training aims to boost Rwanda to health

Source: UC Davis

In Rwanda, the expression “have milk” — “gira amata” — is not part of a milk-mustachioed marketing campaign. It’s a wish for prosperity.
Monday, June 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

Life-saving bananas undergo human trials

Source: 9News

It's the genetically modified fruit from Australia that could turn East African nations into life-saving banana republics.
Friday, June 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Want a PPP partner? Provide incentives, make 'money' business case

Source: Devex

The role of business in addressing development challenges is growing, and changing — but how do you get a particular company to say “yes” to a public-private partnership?
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Child Nutrition – After the First 1000 Days

Source: Global Health Hub

I’m certain that all readers on the site have heard of the Thousand Days concept. This is the notion that children are especially vulnerable to the effects of malnutrition and illness from conception up until they reach two years of age and that interventions targeted at this window have the best chance of improving child health worldwide.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Science of Designing Food for the World's Poor

Source: The Atlantic

Enlisting cartoon characters and computer software in the fight against malnutrition
Monday, May 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Dupont, Cargill 'most supportive' Feed the Future partners

Source: Devex

On Monday, the U.S. Agency for International Development will launch a progress report ahead of a three-day global forum on Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s initiative to advance food security in 19 countries.
Monday, May 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Chamber speaker champions Yunus investing model to ease social problems

Source: Palm Beach Daily News

Muhammad Yunus has devoted himself to aiding the impoverished. The Bangladeshi economist, known as the father of microcredit and microfinance, continues to search for remedies to the economic woes of Third World nations. The microfinance and microcredit concepts that he pioneered in the 1970s have since moved 20 million families in his native country out of poverty and earned him a Nobel Prize in 2006.
Monday, April 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Obesity Threatens to Overtake Hunger as No. 1 Global Health Concern

Source: The Epoch Times

In 1950, the number of starving individuals on Earth was estimated to be around 700 million. At the time, obesity affected approximately 100 million people around the globe, primarily in rich countries. These statistics have changed dramatically over the past six decades.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

eKutir’s VeggieLite gains Gates Foundation grant

Source: Press Release

eKutir’s new project VeggieLite is a recipient of Grand Challenges India 2014, supported by the Gates Foundation, USAID and DBT, the Indian government’s anti-poverty scheme.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

USAID, Hillary Clinton Launch Global Development Lab for Game-Changing Innovations

Source: Devex

The event will take place in New York, with Hillary Clinton delivering the keynote address, following an internal launch and a USAID town hall discussion earlier this week in Washington, D.C.
Monday, March 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Food

Source: Fast Company

Newly engineered foods. A TV show satirizing big AG. Farming practices that reduce greenhouse gases. Here are the companies that are cooking up new ideas and changing how we think about our food.
Friday, March 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

‘Learning together’ to grow a business in the plains of Tanzania

Source: PBS NewsHour

When Hailey Chalhoub and Eliza Madden, both 22, were sent to Tabora in northeastern Tanzania to help its residents with a nascent food processing business, they had their marching orders: make a profit.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Why Adolescent Health And Why Now?

Source: Huffington Post Impact

With less than two years left to the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets for maternal and child health and survival, the UN Secretary-General's independent Expert Review Group (iERG) for monitoring progress did something remarkable last year.
Friday, February 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

Quick test finds signs of diarrheal disease

Source: Science Codex

Bioengineers at Rice University and the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston have developed a simple, highly sensitive and efficient test for the diarrheal disease cryptosporidiosis that could have great impact on global health.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

EU and UNICEF boost their partnership to improve child and maternal health and to save more children

Source: Unicef

The European Union announced today that it has allocated €320 million ($431 million) through UNICEF to improve the health and nutrition of children and women in 15 developing countries and to help speed progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals.
Friday, January 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

North Africa: Arab Spring Complicates Shifting Demands in Health Sector

Source: allAfrica

Healthcare needs are changing in the Arab world, and chronic diseases linked to rising prosperity and aging populations are forcing health services to retool, even as the region grapples with political turmoil and uncertainty.
Thursday, January 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Top 10 Global Health Issues to Watch in 2014

Source: IntraHealth International

The past year has given us plenty of global health successes to celebrate.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Business Scales Up Action to Combat Global Malnutrition

Source: World Food Programme

Announced today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, forty global companies have now joined together to take global action against malnutrition.
Monday, January 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

'Nation's economic situation influences health of people'

Source: Times of India

Academique, an inter-disciplinary group in the DST Centre for Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) held a discussion on 'Social determinants of health' in the 275th session on Sunday.
Friday, January 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Cash Or Credit? How Kids Pay For School Lunch Matters For Health

Source: NPR

American kids have a problem with obesity, according to the most recent studies. In fact, the closest thing we have to good news about childhood obesity is that kids are not gaining weight as rapidly as they were some years ago. Researchers may have identified one surprising new factor in why kids are overeating.
Thursday, January 16, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Heifer International Receives $25.5m Grant to Expand Its East Africa Dairy Development Program

Source: allAfrica

Heifer International received a $25.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand the East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) project and assist more than 136,000 farm families in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
Friday, January 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

A third of adults across world now overweight or obese

Source: Irish Times

More than a third of all adults across the world are overweight or obese, a report from a British think-tank has revealed, leading to calls for governments to do more to tackle the growing crisis.
Thursday, November 21, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Is Africa Widening or Rising?

Source: Think Africa Press

Africa may or may not be “rising” but it's certainly widening. Obesity is on the rise, and is rising fast.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Women's access to life-saving contraception increases in Kenya

Source: Devex

There are 222 million women in developing countries who wish to prevent or delay childbirth but who are not using modern contraceptives, according to the World Health Organization.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 — No Region Specified

Nestle Boosts Nutrition Education in Africa

Source: The Guardian

The Central and West Africa Region has not been left untouched by the increasing burden of under-nutrition, which is affecting developing countries worldwide. To help ameliorate the dire situation, Nestlé, the world’s leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness company, officially launched its Healthy Kids Global Programme in 2009, part of concerted efforts to improve children’s dietary habits.
Friday, November 1, 2013 — Latin America

Mexico nears junk food tax, sets anti-obesity plan

Source: Bradenton Herald

Mexico's congress approved a new tax on junk food Thursday as the government announced a campaign to fight obesity in a country with one of the world's highest rates of overweight people.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 — No Region Specified

Malnutrition is biggest global health problem, Gates Foundation exec tells CU students

Source: Omaha World-Herald

Malnutrition plays a major role in the deaths each year of 6.6 million children under 5 years of age, a global health expert told Creighton University premed students Tuesday.
Friday, September 27, 2013 — No Region Specified

How finding research gaps can help fight malnutrition

Source: Devex

The case of nutrition in the development agenda is often complicated. It is often overshadowed when bundled with food security, and yet donors sometimes appear clueless on how to solve one without addressing the other, leaving many to question on whether donor money is really making a dent in the global fight against malnutrition. So what can the aid community do? Nutrition experts on Thursday converged in New York — where development takes center stage this week — to present some 20 priority areas for nutrition research in the first Global Research Agenda on Nutrition Services. These include: * Describing the interactions between the food system and nutrition. * Integrating individual and household-level factors underlying economic vulnerability and food insecurity. * Role of nutrition in developmental origins of health and disease. * The relationship between markers of nutrition and functional outcomes. * Knowledge related to inputs of nutrition intervention.
Monday, August 26, 2013 — Asia Pacific

Golden Rice: Lifesaver?

Source: The New York Times

One bright morning this month, 400 protesters smashed down the high fences surrounding a field in the Bicol region of the Philippines and uprooted the genetically modified rice plants growing inside. Had the plants survived long enough to flower, they would have betrayed a distinctly yellow tint in the otherwise white part of the grain. That is because the rice is endowed with a gene from corn and another from a bacterium, making it the only variety in existence to produce beta carotene, the source of vitamin A. Its developers call it “Golden Rice.”
Friday, August 23, 2013 — No Region Specified

Lauren Bush Lauren: Social Enterprise Is Her Bag

Source: Inc.

The founder of FEED explains how she turned a simple burlap bag into a powerful tool for fighting world hunger.
Thursday, August 8, 2013 — No Region Specified

Fat profits: how the food industry cashed in on obesity

Source: The Guardian

Ever since definitions of healthy bodyweight changed in the 1990s, the world has feared an obesity epidemic. But the food giants accused of making us fat are also profiting from the slimming industry
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

A nation of the hungry and obese

Source: iOL

South Africa is heading for a health disaster: more than half the population is living in hunger or at risk of it, while a large percentage of the rest are obese or at risk of developing poor lifestyle-related illnesses.
Monday, August 5, 2013 — North Africa and Near East

East Africa: The Superfood With the Potential to Save Hundreds and Thousands of Children's Lives

Source: AllAfrica

Imagine a food that is free, nutritious and has the potential to save thousands of children's lives.
Friday, July 26, 2013 — No Region Specified

Battle of the bulge

Source: The Economist

As waistlines grow, so does the fight against junk food
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

Corporations and the fight against hunger: why CSR won't do

Source: The Guardian

There is an opportunity for the private sector to lead in tackling chronic malnutrition, but seeing it as corporate social responsibility or charity is damaging.
Thursday, July 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

Indian women losing health over size-0 pregnancy

Source: The Times of India

Terrified of losing their toned figures, young Indian women are shunning nutrition during pregnancy, say worried gynaecologists.
Thursday, June 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

G8 Alliance: Corporate boogeyman or vehicle to smallholder empowerment?

Source: Devex

Launched just over a year ago, the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition is a global partnership formed by G8 governments, the private sector and African leaders with the goal of lifting 50 million people out of poverty by 2022. The combination of donor commitments, private sector investments and policy reforms by African governments are setting conditions for public-private partnerships to spark agriculture transformation.
Monday, June 17, 2013 — Asia Pacific

Lifestyle changes contributing to ill health in China

Source: The Guardian

Pollution, poor diet and stress are causing health problems in world's most populous country despite health reforms and affordable healthcare
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global leaders sign comprehensive charter to tackle stunting in children

Source: The Times of India

The fight against stunting - the world's most urgent nutritional challenge - got a big boost through a global agreement signed by world leaders in London on Saturday.
Saturday, May 25, 2013 — No Region Specified

Food prices squeezing poor people and driving social change by stealth

Source: Oxfam

A new era of high and volatile food prices goes beyond affecting what people can afford to eat and is causing life-changing shifts in society, experts warn today.
Monday, January 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

Davos divided on tackling the scourge of obesity

Source: Reuters

Obesity, a major factor in diabetes and heart disease, imposes costs on both public and private sectors and is a drag on economic growth, but business leaders meeting in Davos can't agree on what they can or should do to address it.
Monday, January 28, 2013 — Latin America

Killer quinoa? Time to debunk these urban food myths

Source: The Globe and Mail

Twenty years ago, quinoa was pretty much unknown. Now, it’s in everyone’s cafeteria. Its price is going through the roof. And that, in the confused minds of Western foodies, is somehow a bad thing.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 — Latin America

The unpalatable truth about quinoa

Source: The Guardian

Ethical consumers should be aware poor Bolivians can no longer afford their staple grain, due to western demand raising prices.
Friday, January 18, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

An inconvenient truth

Source: The Australian

LAST year, Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates gave $US10 million to British scientists to crack a problem he hoped might help solve the looming world food crisis. Unusually, this time the philanthropy of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was met with howls of outrage from left-leaning politicians and environmental groups that previously had welcomed its efforts to eradicate malaria and alleviate global poverty and hunger.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 — No Region Specified

Global report: Obesity bigger health crisis than hunger

Source: CNN

Obesity is a bigger health crisis globally than hunger, and the leading cause of disabilities around the world, according to a new report published Thursday in the British medical journal The Lancet. Nearly 500 researchers from 50 countries compared health data from 1990 through 2010 for the Global Burden of Disease report, revealing what they call a massive shift in global health trends.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 — South Asia

Delhi Dispatch: Rice, Wheat, and Water Serve Up Equal Helpings of Punjab’s Wealth and Risk

Source: Circle of Blue

NARAINGARH, Haryana, India — The first rain in six months, and a stout and cold wind whipped at the black plastic covering stacks of grain Thursday morning at the Shivshakti Rice Mill, one of 13 mills surrounding this roadside village about 70 kilometers west of Chandigarh.
Friday, December 7, 2012 — No Region Specified

UN FAO calls for sustained investment in global agriculture

Source: International Business Times

Excessive corruption, poor infrastructure and scarce government resources were deterring investment in agriculture and contributing to high levels of malnourishment around the world, said an FAO report released Thursday.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 — South Asia

Pakistan to follow Brazilian model in tackling poverty

Source: The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: Emulating the Brazilian model of zero hunger and with support from donors, the Pakistan government has expressed the resolve to alleviate poverty and hunger from the country.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Development Targets Ride on Vitamins

Source: All Africa

One hundred and ninety million - that's more than the populations of Germany, France and Poland combined. It is also the number of children affected by vitamin A deficiency around the world.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Italians, Israelis aim to fight hunger in Senegal

Source: The Jerusalem Post

Trilateral agricultural development project seeks to eradicate hunger by providing farmers with technological know-how.
Thursday, October 18, 2012 — Asia Pacific

Bush Food Gathers Momentum as a Social Enterprise

Source: Pro Bono Australia

The concept of ‘bush tucker’ is uniquely Australian - romanticised by Hollywood as something Crocodile Dundee survived on - but now a group of Indigenous Queenslanders wants to turn the harvesting of native bush foods into a sustainable social enterprise.
Thursday, October 18, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Partners in Food Solutions, USAID and TechnoServe Expand Partnership to Improve Food Security in Africa

Source: TechnoServe Press Release

$15 million Public-Private Partnership Agreement will enable consortium of global food companies to help transform food processing through its 500+ corporate volunteer network
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 — South Asia

Danone plans national launch for its yoghurts next year

Source: The Economic Times

MUMBAI: French dairy major Danone today said its new business unit here which is dedicated for developing products for the masses, will be rolled out to other cities by next year.
Monday, September 17, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

World Hunger: The Problem Left Behind

Source: New York Times

THE drought-induced run-up in corn prices is a reminder that we’re nowhere near solving the problem of feeding the world. The price surge, the third major international food price spike in the last five years, casts more doubt on the assumption that widespread economic development leads to corresponding gains in agriculture.
Thursday, August 30, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New alliance for food security would accelerate agricultural development -Namoale

Source: Business Ghana

The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, an initiative to lift 50 million people out of poverty over the next 10 years through sustained agricultural growth, was on Wednesday launched in Accra.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 — No Region Specified

Tackling food waste through a social enterprise model

Source: The Guardian

The founder of social enterprise Rubies in the Rubble, proves that you can run a company with a business head and a charitable heart
Thursday, June 21, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile Money: How Cell Phones Can Fight Hunger in the Sahel

Source: Huffington Post

Some five billion people worldwide were using mobile phones in 2010, according to the International Telecommunication Union, with the strongest growth taking place in developing countries. Africa is the fastest growing mobile market. In the past six years, the industry estimates that the number of subscribers has grown nearly 20 percent each year. At this rate, we can expect to see some 735 million cell phone users in Africa by the end of 2012.
Friday, May 18, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Obama turns to private sector to feed world's poor

Source: Agence France-Presse

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Friday reached out to the private sector in hopes of lifting 50 million people in the developing world from poverty, as wealthy nations grapple with a budget crunch.
Friday, August 19, 2011 — Latin America

Bolivia's First Crop Insurance Scheme Promises to Empower Farmers


Natural disasters can come with six-digit figures of damage and debt attached, even in Latin America's poorest country. Bolivia 's rural areas, still dependent on rain cycles, are the most financially vulnerable to drought, frost, hail, floods and other weather adversities. Lose your crops, farmers say, and you're left with nothing but your debts. Luis Alvaro Toledo, who's wo...
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