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A staple daily diet for millions of South Africans is this traditional porridge, known as “pap”, made from mielie-meal (ground maize). Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

What’s driving sub-Saharan Africa’s malnutrition problem?

Food insecurity is not only a cause of bad food choices, it is a result of the economics and geographies of the food system.
Kenya’s nutrition plan has resulted in dramatic improvements in its nutrition targets. Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Lessons other countries can learn from Kenya’s ambitious nutrition plan

Over the last three years Kenya has seen marked improvements in its nutrition-related targets as a result of a national nutrition plan it has implemented.
Food insecurity is not only a matter of hunger but may have multiple manifestations. Reuters/Emma Farge

Food insecurity is more than just severe hunger

Food insecurity is a problem that doesn't only stem from hunger. It is also a result of eating food that is not nutritious.
A health worker measures an infant’s growth. Children who are undernourished in their first 1000 days of life, could suffer from stunting later. 2014 Global Communities, Courtesy of Photoshare

Malnutrition, stunting and the importance of a child’s first 1000 days

Research around the importance of the first 1000 days has been gaining traction. The latest links stunting to malnutrition in children.
Thenjiwe Madzinga sits with her grandson Thina Gxotelwa in the small room they share in a shack in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha township. Madzinga cares for her five grandchildren, including four who were orphaned when her daughter died from AIDS in 2002. Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters

South Africa is failing to address malnutrition in its older people

The health care needs of older people tend to be marginalised because South Africa's health policy is focused on children, youth and maternal care.
Among older adults living in the community, almost 10% are malnourished, while another 40% are considered to be at high risk of malnutrition. Kevin Dooley/Flickr

Starvation in the land of plenty: why Australians are malnourished

Malnutrition is a significant issue around the world, especially in developing countries. But it’s not just a problem for poor nations; a large number of older Australians also suffer from this insidious…

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