Micronutrient deficiencies, or hidden hunger, afflict more than two billion individuals, or one in three people, globally. The effects can be devastating, leading to mental impairment, poor health and productivity, and even death. The decline in immunity to infections, cognitive impairment, and decreased work capacity that can result from hidden hunger has important socioeconomic implications, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.
The following is an excerpted version of a blog story that was originally published on the Food Security Portal’s Food for Thought blog (updated on October 24, 2014).
Participants at recent Borlaug Symposium ask “Are we on track?”
The image of a female smallholder farmer eking out a living on a postage stamp-sized parcel of degraded land with a baby on her back and barely enough to feed her family may belong in the history books, but more work is needed to get to that point.
The following story by Nadim Khouri, Deputy Executive Secretary at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA), was originally published on the Arab Spatial Food Security Blog.
The following story by Gerda Verburg, Committee on Food Security (CFS) Chair and Ambassador of the Netherlands to the UN’s Rome-based Agencies, was originally published on the Arab Spatial Food Security Blog.
The following story by IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan was originally published on the Arab Spatial Food Security Blog.
The following story by Mahmoud Solh, Director General of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), was originally published on the Arab Spatial Food Security Blog.
The following piece by IFPRI's Maximo Torero is an excerpt of a story that was originally posted on the Devex Global Views blog in honor of World Food Day (October 16).
Why rural women are integral in the upcoming climate change negotiations
We know more and more about what our planet faces as climate change intensifies and greenhouse gas emissions lead us on a probably irreversible path of global warming and uncertain rainfall patterns, at least for the next four decades.