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The 2015 Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition call on all countries to end hunger and prevent malnutrition in all its forms by 2030. This is quite a challenge, and it is a challenge with sustainable agriculture and food systems at its very heart. And the current situation doesn’t look good. The latest State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report...
In the nutrition community, we know that the 1,000 day window from pregnancy until a child turns two is a critical time for both physical growth and brain development. Vision, hearing, receptive language, and higher cognitive functions like decision-making and emotional and social regulation are all developing rapidly—or falling behind. To support children during this critical period, the 2016...
The answer is ‘No’, it is not even close to enough. One of the big themes in development under the spotlight these days from donors, the international community, and governments, is nutrition. The answer to why, is simple: it is one of the biggest overlooked problems that has the potential to provide one of the highest possible returns on investment. Every $1 invested in tackling under-nutrition...
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Denise van Wissen co-led workshops on nutrition-sensitive agriculture in Nicaragua from February to April 2017. This blog is a personal reflection of the challenges and surprises while working with agronomists and other project staff. More background, as well as presentations, reports, and even facilitator contracts to create the workshop series, are available at www.securenutrition.org/nicaragua...
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Recent studies in Nigeria estimate that if we could reduce food loss and waste of a single crop—tomatoes—by 25% we could improve the diets of nearly one and a half million children by providing them with the required daily dose of Vitamin A. These aren’t additional tomatoes that need to be grown, these are grown tomatoes that don’t get eaten. In a country where upwards of 30% of all children are...

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