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Hunger Report editor Todd Post and I traveled to Guatemala and saw examples of development assistance programs that integrated nutrition into food security, agriculture, and livelihoods activities. We met with our friend Luis Enrique Monterroso, who had been appointed by the president of Guatemala to head the country’s Secretariat of Food Security and Nutrition (SESAN). Our work at Bread for the...
Undernutrition is the underlying cause of death for 2.6 million pre-school children every year—one-third of all child deaths in that age group. For those who survive, poor nutrition undermines school performance and later earning capacity. And still, with human and economic costs so high, the world has made little progress in slowing the rate of undernutrition. What can be done? A critical step...
The eye-opener I recently participated in a conference organized by The Economist on The 9-billion question, alas, the challenges to feed the world’s growing population. The conference was mostly attended by the private sector, with participant representatives ranging from international agro-industries to chemical companies and commercial banks. Discussions revolved around many topics, such as...
A new report released today by UNICEF, the World Health Organization and the World Bank shares the news that the number of children around the world who grow up"stunted" (the result of chronic nutritional deficiencies) has decreased by 35 percent since 1990, from an estimated 253 million to 165 million in 2011. Although the news of the reduction is positive, the number remains one of tragic...
Malnutrition, particularly in women and children, is a major threat to health in developing countries.  Intuitively it seems obvious that agriculture – since it involves growing and rearing food for human consumption – could be used to improve diets and increase access to essential nutrients.  Yet the relationships between agricultural practices and nutritional outcomes are complex, depending as...

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