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I just returned from a busy two days in the Netherlands. The first day was spent at Wageningen University with their Human Nutrition Division. I gave a talk with some ideas on how to bring nutrition and agriculture together. I met some of the Masters and PhD students and several of the faculty, including Inge Brouwer and Alida Melse-Boonstra. I was impressed. They have built a very supportive...
I attended the bi-annual Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Science Forum in Bonn, Germany in late September, organized by the CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council.  This year the theme was “Nutrition and health outcomes: targets for agricultural research”.  It was an impressive gathering of scientists and economists from the CGIAR system and elsewhere...
Each year on 16 October World Food Day aims to increase understanding of problems and solutions in the drive to end hunger, malnutrition and poverty. Over the years the themes day has taken on various themes which have focused on investing in agriculture and recently focus has been drawn on health and education too. One solution which countries have put in place to combat hunger and poverty is to...
The sudden 2008 global food price crisis—which pushed 105 million people into poverty and sparked riots around the world—showed that designing risk management strategies at the national level may prove to be a sound investment. In fact, this is one of the key messages of the 2014 World Development Report on risks and opportunities. With excessive volatility in food prices expected to persist in...
Aflatoxin.  It’s a small and somewhat unobtrusive word that belies its destructive and harmful impacts. Research has conclusively demonstrated the causal link between long-term exposure to aflatoxin contamination and liver cancer, and preliminary data suggests its impact on child stunting.  Acute exposure can lead to aflatoxicosis and death; in 2003 120 people died in Kenya.  But what is an...

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