Journal Articles

Journal Articles
The political economy of food price policy: The case of Zambia

​The global food price crisis of 2007/08 raised fears about the impacts of higher and more volatile food prices for the poor in Zambia. Like in the past, the implementation of the strategies to deal with the rising food prices, especially for the staple crop maize were delayed due to ineffective response policies, mistrust between government and private sector, protracted discussions, inaction...

Too Little Too Late: Welfare Impacts of Rainfall Shocks in Rural Indonesia

​The authors use regression analysis to assess the potential welfare impacts in rural Indonesia of two types of shock: a delay in monsoon onset, and a significant shortfall in rain during the 90-day post-onset period. Focusing on households with family farm businesses, the authors find that a delay in monsoon onset does not have a significant effect on the welfare of rice farmers. However,...

Ending Hunger and Malnutrition

The Ending Hunger and Malnutrition virtual Bulletin is a compilation of twelve papers written by various authors focusing on specific topics geared towards ending hunger and malnutrition, such as investing in smallholder agriculture, linking relief and development, dealing with seasonality, turning economic growth into child growth, ensuring technology is hunger-reducing, and innovations such...

Measurement of Food Consumption to Inform Food Fortification and other Nutrition Programs: Methods and Applications

This Food and Nutrition Bulletin Supplement, ​Measurement of Food Consumption to Inform Food Fortification and Other Nutrition Programs: Methods and Applications, represents the proceedings of a Workshop Organized by the Monitoring, Assessment, and Data Working Group of the Ten Year Strategy for the Reduction of Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies. Measurement of Food Consumption to Inform Food...

Bellagio Report on Healthy Agriculture, Healthy Nutrition, Healthy People

This report follows a meeting held at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in November 2012. Participants discussed the intersection of science and policy, with a focus on diet. Specifically, participants discussed how fats and sugar contribute to epidemics of non-communicable diseases (NCD’s) worldwide. The report concludes that sugar consumption, especially in the form of high energy...

Developmental Drivers of Nutritional Change: A Cross-country Analysis

The author uses a cross-country data set to understand within-country changes in nutrition. He finds that economic growth is a strong predictor of nutritional performance, as is growth in food production, although only in more food insecure countries. While there is no evidence that infrastructure is directly important, greater asset ownership, improved access to health services, higher rates...

POSHAN Abstract Digest

The Partnerships and Opportunities to Strengthen and Harmonize Actions for Nutrition (POSHAN) in India brings you their first Abstract Digest, which includes new and noteworthy studies on maternal and child nutrition. It focuses primarily on India-specific issues but also brings forth relevant global or regional literature with broader implications for maternal and child nutrition.

Effect of Co-fermentation on Nutritive Quality and Pasting Properties of Maize, Cowpea, and Sweet potato as Complementary Food

This study compared a traditional fermented maize porridge fed to children in Nigeria to a similar product made of maize, cowpea, and sweet potato. The author analyzed minerals, protein, and ß-carotene content, and compared the results to Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) in Nigeria for children aged between 6 and 23 months. In general, she found that protein and amino acid profiles as well...

The Political Economy of Food Price: The Case of Ethiopia

Food prices increased significantly in 2007–08 in Ethiopia due to several supply- and demand-side factors. The Ethiopian government released emergency food grain reserves, imported and distributed wheat at subsidized price, banned the export of staple cereals, and removed value added and turnover taxes on food items. It also increased the reserve requirement of commercial banks and reduced...

How can Agriculture Interventions Contribute in Improving Nutrition Health and Achieving the MDGs in the Least Developed Countries?

There are strong conceptual linkages between agricultural development and nutrition improvements which may be categorised into three main pathways: the development, own-production and market pathways. Evidence on the efficacy of these pathways is mixed with some strong, some negative and some weak impacts. These findings reflect both the importance of agriculture for nutrition and the...

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