Beans to the rescue in the fight against child malnutrition and school absenteeism in Madagascar

25 February, 2015 by (comments)

Twelve-year-old Branza has lived in an orphanage in Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital, since 2010, because his parents cannot afford to feed him. Madagascar is known for its sunny beaches and scuba diving. What many don’t know is that nine out of ten Malagasy people live below the poverty threshold, according to a 2013 World Bank report. Madagascar is among theRead More …

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Will the pursuit of food security weaken the resilience of global food systems?

16 May, 2014 by (comments)

Fifty years ago palm oil was virtually non-existent in the Colombian diet. Now over 25% of the fat in national food supplies comes from the crop, making it the single most important plant for the provision of this macronutrient in the diet. Intercropped maize and oil palm in Colombia. Photo: CIMMYT Along with Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Nigeria, ColombiaRead More …

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New approach launched to fight malnutrition in Rwanda

29 April, 2014 by (comments)

Rwanda’s fight against malnutrition, which affects nearly half of all children under two, stepped up a notch this month. A new survey targeting children under 24 months and women of reproductive age will root out the underlying causes of undernutrition, leading to new approaches to tackle the problem. Commissioned by the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI),Read More …

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Latin America and global food security: Helping the whole world learn to fish

22 April, 2014 by (comments)

In the global debate about food security, two key issues concerning Latin America are often overlooked: first, the continued vulnerability of some parts of the region to food and nutrition insecurity and, second, the enormous potential of the region as a whole to provide global solutions. Now, two organizations that are especially well placed to expound on these issuesRead More …

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Agricultural research to prioritise nutrition

2 April, 2014 by (comments)

The role of agriculture isn’t just to feed us enough, it is to feed us well. This week the CGIAR Consortium placed the weight of its agricultural research expertise behind efforts to improve global nutrition and public health as it committed to make breeding for mineral and vitamin traits the norm in conventional food crop development programs. Frank Rijsberman,Read More …

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Globalized diet: More food, less diversity, more associated risks

3 March, 2014 by (comments)

As experts have been suspecting for a while, and as many of us have certainly noticed, people’s diets around the world have become very similar. So much so that in the past 50 years the whole world has come to rely increasingly on just a few crops for most of its food supplies – including old favorites such asRead More …

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Beans face stiff competition at drought Olympics

23 September, 2013 by (comments)

Every 4 years, experts from around the world gather for a meeting of the InterDrought Consortium. Think of it as a sort of drought Olympics. The metaphor seems especially apt when you consider that Olympia, the site of the original games in ancient Greece, is a pretty dry place. Instead of competing with one another and giving out medals,Read More …

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