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By: UNICEF | October 20, 2019

UNICEF Zimbabwe launched the State of the Worlds Children Report, noting that an alarmingly high number of children are suffering the consequences of poor diets and a food system that is failing them.

Globally, at least 1 in 3 children under five – or 200 million – is either undernourished or overweight. Almost 2 in 3 children between six months and two years of age are not fed food that supports their rapidly growing bodies and brains. This puts them at risk of poor brain development, weak learning, low immunity, increased infections and, in many cases, death.

By: William Lambers | October 16, 2019

I recently spoke to a human rights class at Mount St. Joseph University in Ohio. They are exercising government “by the people,” as Abraham Lincoln said. The students are writing to Congress about supporting the global nutrition resolutions to fight world hunger.

As education student Grace Hauserman wrote “a lot of changes in our world would occur if men, women, children and babies had proper nutrition. Men and women would be stronger and healthier. Children and babies would grow up happier and healthier. They would have the ability to be more productive members of global society.”

By: Kemi Falodun | October 15, 2019

With food insecurity on the rise in Nigeria, smallholder farmers are turning to new technologies to improve food production and marketability, writes Kemi Falodun. 
 
The global population is predicted to grow by 2 billion by 2050 and with more than half of that growth coming from Sub-Saharan Africa, addressing food insecurity has become a matter of urgency.
 
In Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, food insecurity is on the rise; almost 8 per cent of the population was found to be undernourished in 2015, compared with 6 per cent in 2007, according to the World Bank’s development indicators.

By: Ian Scoones | October 10, 2019

Since Zimbabwe’s land reform of 2000 – when around 8 million hectares of formerly large-scale commercial farmland was distributed to about 175,000 households – debates about the consequences for food security have raged.

A standard narrative has been that Zimbabwe has turned from “food basket” to “basket case”. This year, following the devastating El Niño drought combined with Cyclone Idai, some 5.5 million people are estimated to be at risk of hunger, with international agencies issuing crisis and emergency alerts.

By: Yvonne Taunton | September 27, 2019

Adolescence is a time of tremendous change, when young people experience rapid and intense physical, mental and social growth. It is when teenagers begin to establish their identity and independence, and explore and experiment with new places, people and activities. 

One particularly troubling problem behavior is that teens are more likely than either younger children or adults to be the victims of violence. And this victimization can have long-term, life-altering consequences.  

By: Nirav Patel & Genevieve Jesse | June 13, 2019

Last week, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) updated its eAtlas of Gender Inequality in Education. The database is used by policymakers and scholars for discussions about gender equality, health, and education for women and girls around the world.
 
The most recent update shows that the gender gap persists on the African continent, though there are broad differences within the region.
 
This database complements UNESCO’s efforts to create an interactive data visualization to initiate action on addressing the obstacles facing children, especially girls, who are “Left Behind.”

By: World Health Organization | April 17, 2019

WHO released new recommendations on 10 ways that countries can use digital health technology, accessible via mobile phones, tablets and computers, to improve people’s health and essential services.

“Harnessing the power of digital technologies is essential for achieving universal health coverage,” says WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “Ultimately, digital technologies are not ends in themselves; they are vital tools to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable.”

By: Carol A. Ford & James Jaccard | June, 2018

The prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy among teenagers in the United States remains higher than in other developed countries. New HIV infections occur particularly among sexual minority youth, and STIs disproportionately affect African American and Latino youth. 

In this issue of Pediatrics, Houck et al make an important contribution to our understanding of strategies to reduce risk of STIs and HIV among teenagers by testing the impact of an after-school intervention that is used to address emotional regulation skills within the context of decision-making about sexual behaviors.

By: Mitch Kanter & Heloisa Guarita | June 1, 2018

For years, the perception in the food industry has been that consumer purchasing decisions are driven by three primary factors: taste, price, and convenience. While these drivers still affect consumer behavior, a broader set of food values is playing a bigger role in the decisions consumers make when they shop for food. 

These values differ from country to country and region to region. Food values are comprised of
interrelated social, political, regulatory, agricultural, and technological factors that impact the way food is produced, distributed, marketed, regulated, sold, and consumed. In many cases, food values are closely tied to human emotions and reflect gender, life stage and experiences, education, income, and culture.

By: Cara Livernois | May 1, 2018

Electronic health (eHealth) interventions could improve care, but barriers related to workflow diminish its success, according to findings published May 1 in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

In this study, researchers examined peer-reviewed studies on implemented eHealth tools to identify factors of a successful or failure of the intervention. The overall aim of this study was to seek, through a systematic review, patterns in the assessment of eHealth intervention outcomes, and through these patterns to identify factors that can help explain why eHealth interventions fail or succeed in clinical practice.

By: Mississippi Business Journal | November 12, 2013

Mississippi State University is among a consortium of universities and other partners receiving a $25-million, five-year international grant to boost soybean production across Africa. 

The project will provide the science necessary to enable small producers to share in the rising demand for soybeans. The research also will enable low-resource countries to address problems of food insecurity and protein malnutrition.

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