New tool to forecast malnutrition-related vulnerabilities

By Sam Otieno, Stephanie Achieng’ [NAIROBI] A new online tool to help decision-makers take early action to resolve problems that cause high levels of malnutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa has been launched. The tool known as Nutrition Early Warning System (NEWS) will be in use by the end of this year in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Somalia and …

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Undernutrition rampant in urban Sub-Saharan Africa

By Calvin Otieno [NAIROBI] A program is helping address undernutrition — insufficient quantity and quality of food intake by a person — in Sub-Saharan Africa through creation of a local platform to assess and discuss challenges. According to UNICEF, about 28 percent of children in Sub-Saharan Africa are underweight. But experts say existing nutrition assessment …

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Sweet potato project improves nutrition and incomes

By Samuel Hinneh [ACCRA] Farmers and entrepreneurs in West Africa are benefiting from a project that offers improved sweet potato varieties and market access. The US$4 million project that began in April 2014 and ended last month (March 2017) was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented in Burkina Faso, Ghana and …

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Finding ways to double tilapia production in Tanzania

Federica Di Palma, Earlham Institute Tanzania is rich in exciting wildlife that has helped make it a thriving tourist destination. But some of its less photogenic species could also play an important role in the country’s economic development. In the beautiful setting of Zanzibar it’s easy to forget that around a third of Tanzanian children …

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Special beans can fight anemia in Africa

By Isaac Odhiambo [NAIROBI] Consuming special-bred high iron beans could enable African countries fight iron deficiency anemia, an expert says. According to the WHO, every second pregnant woman and about 40 per cent of preschool children in developing nations are anemic. Mercy Lung’aho, a nutritionist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Kenya, said …

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