Nutrition & Health

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.

Building the mighty CFS ecosystem, from global to national

Policy recommendations provided by the World Committee on Food Security (CFS) are not legally binding; implementation is up to country members. Let’s skip the talks about why this should be done at all and imagine that all politicians agreed to actively take the CFS recommendations forward.

Livestock counts

This week marked a milestone for the Committee on World Food Security (CFS).  For the first time since its reform, it recognised the role of livestock in addressing malnutrition, sustainable agriculture and climate change.

Out of the research orphanage

The side event on “Adopting African orphan crops to enhance food security, nutrition and safety” shed light on an exciting project combining traditional crops with innovative scientific research tools. One blogpost wouldn’t have done it justice. Here I explore an important underlying issue: being responsibly innovative.

Old paths don’t lead to new destinations

A new report by the World Food Programme (WFP) signals a change in tackling food security and nutrition in the Americas, one that emphasises capacity development in developing and implementing food security and nutrition policies.

Genome Sequencing for the Orphans

Perhaps the most compelling argument for greater food security is the shocking number of young children in the world who suffer stunting due to malnutrition: an estimated 161 million children below five years of age according to UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank.