The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro provided a platform for raising the issues of malnutrition and hunger. Here are some of the highlights.
GAIN’s new Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN) addressed the Third All Africa Horticultural Congress (AAHC) at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Ibadan, Nigeria. The AAHC brings together actors from a variety of sectors working to improve African horticulture systems to “build synergies and unleash the underexploited potential of horticulture in Africa.”
A new report on the multiple causes of malnutrition in 14 countries will support programs to provide health, nutrition and agricultural messages to millions of people through their cellphones. The Summary report: 14-Country Nutrition Landscape Analyses published by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the GSMA Foundation is a comprehensive mapping of the basic and immediate causes of malnutrition.
This week GAIN is celebrating World Breastfeeding Week by emphasizing the importance of breastfeeding as a pillar for the healthy growth and development of children in their first two years. The theme of this year’s WBW, coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), revolves around the Sustainable Development Goals.
GAIN is taking part in the Effective Altruism (EA) Global Summit at the University of Berkeley. The event brings together students, professors, public and private sector professionals who identify themselves as part of the effective altruism community. Effective Altruism is a global movement/philosophy that uses evidence and reason for determining the most effective ways to improve the world.
My warm thanks to the hundreds of you who have sent me messages of congratulations about my recent appointment to the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). So, why did I decide to apply for the GAIN Executive Director position and why did I accept the Board’s offer to join? (I begin on October 1).
A diverse diet – one incorporating many food types and colours of fruits and vegetables – can be the difference between poor and good health, but an estimated two billion people suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies globally. The Seeds of Prosperity programme is a partnership between the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and Unilever which tackles this challenge in commodity supply chains.
Around 1.2 billion people, or 1 in 6 of the world’s population, are adolescents aged 10 to 19. Adolescent nutrition is frequently considered to be the second most important period of physical growth in the life cycle, after the first year following child birth.
The world is rapidly urbanising. By 2050, two thirds of the world population will live in urban areas. This has major consequences for peoples’ diets. Cities now face the double burden of malnutrition: micronutrient deficiencies and overnutrition (overweight and obesity). Considering that by 2020 large parts of poor populations will most likely live in urban areas (up to 85% in Latin America and 45% in Africa and Asia), it is especially alarming that for the urban poor it is challenging if not impossible to eat a healthy diet.
On 11 July 2017, Lawrence Haddad, GAIN’s Executive Director, attended the UK Nutrition Society meetings in London. His presentation focused on challenges and opportunities for urban nutrition in low and middle income countries.