Nutrition & Health

SLU discusses collaboration with Eastern Africa

A delegation from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development in Eastern Africa (IGAD) led by the Executive Secretary His Excellency Dr. Mahboub Maalim, visited SLU on October 10, 2016.

The purpose of the visit was to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between IGAD and SLU and to discuss possible areas of research collaboration.

Imagine these are puppies, not plants

Plant health is fundamental to our efforts to eradicate hunger and eliminate poverty. All animals, including us human beings, are entirely dependent on plants and yet when we see a failed harvest or a dead forest, we don’t feel the same as when we see a dead or dying animal. That needs to change.

What is on the menu? The New Nordic Diet

A healthy diet is a sustainable diet and the New Nordic Diet may just be the answer to some of the world’s food ills, according to experts in public health nutrition.

From farm to fork: sustainability every step of the way

"Sustainable, healthy diets are good for people and good for the planet"

For me, that was the key message of the side event I attended this week on “Ensuring nutritious diets in a climate constrained world”, during the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). 

Cities and food: the future of agriculture development

By 2050, 66% of the world’s population will be urban, and that’s going to have a big impact on food systems. The rapid growth of cities is driving the development of new urban food policies, in which cities can take more responsibility for food security and nutrition.

The Carrot, the Cattle, and the Cycle

Sometimes the smallest, seemingly insignificant things can have big meanings. I will not forget the moment that someone complimented me for the carrots I cooked for dinner. I cook very often, since I love to do it. Polite people regularly give compliments, sometimes even without really meaning it.

Consumers... Please stop being picky!

The variety of food on the supermarket shelves make today’s world “chooser-friendly”. When I want to buy tomatoes, for example, I’m always looking for the perfect ones (shiny, round, dark red, with the green leaves on top). As consumers, we have a right to choose what to eat or buy and where to buy. We even have a right to judge by appearance.

Today’s special on the CFS menu: Nutrition

On Wednesday 19th of October, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) was to make some key decisions on advancing nutrition. Egypt has played a leading role in the CFS’s engagement in this area. As an Egyptian, I was particularly interested in knowing more about the process so far. I spoke with Mr. Khaled El Taweel, Egypt’s Representative ahead of the Wednesday session.

Sustainable nutrition for a more food-secure world

Nutrition is synonymous with food security. People often discuss food security and nutrition as two linked topics but their relationship is much closer than that. Good nutrition is a cornerstone of good health and sustainable development throughout the world according to the Standing Committee on Nutrition of the United Nations.