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Malnutrition

Poor Diets Driving Malnutrition in Nigeria

May 26th, 2020 • by Sara Gustafson

In recent decades, the amount of calories available to the average Nigerian on a daily basis has increased significantly. Despite this progress, however, the country continues to battle high levels of malnutrition of varying types. According to a recent research brief , a lack of dietary diversity and dietary quality may be to blame.

Continued Food Insecurity in East Africa

Aug 22nd, 2019 • by Sara Gustafson

Many areas of East Africa will continue to face high levels of food insecurity through late 2019, according to a new report from FEWS Net . The situation will hit its worst levels at the peak of the pastoral lean season in September and October.

Aflatoxin and Child Stunting

Feb 27th, 2019 • by Sara Gustafson

Vivian Hoffman, Jef Leroy, and Kelly Jones. This post originally appeared on IFPRI.org .

Value chains for improved nutrition

Jan 14th, 2019 • by Sara Gustafson

Populations around the world continue to struggle with malnutrition – both undernourishment and overweight/obesity – and climate change may exacerbate the problem. In addition to reducing overall agricultural yields, higher temperatures and erratic precipitation could increase spoilage of nutritious and perishable foods like fruits and vegetables. Climate change could even make foods themselves less nutritious; increased CO2 levels can reduce the protein content of certain crops, such as soybeans and grains.

Zambia National Food and Nutrition Summit

May 18th, 2018 • by Sara Gustafson

Forty percent of children under the age of five in Zambia suffer from stunting. To address this worrying trend, policymakers have placed food and nutrition security at the forefront of national priorities. At a recent National Food and Nutrition Summit held in Lusaka, stakeholders emphasized the need for a multisectoral approach to end malnutrition and improve food sustainability in the country.

The conference, supported in part by IFPRI’s Food Security Portal, brought together a number of participants from government ministries and agencies and development organizations.