Tackling the challenge of stunting in South Africa needs a convergence of science and policy along with better coordination at all levels of government.
A new study calls for screening to lower the risk of malnutrition for older people.
Old age comes with many challenges, including concerning levels of malnutrition. But screening and early intervention could make a substantial difference - and save health budget funds.
Children at a camp for people displaced by Boko Haram insurgents in North-East Nigeria.
More than 788 health facilities have been destroyed in parts of North-Eastern Nigeria captured by Boko Haram insurgents, crippling health services in the area.
Some 17 million South Africans rely on social grants.
South Africa's social grants, which benefit a third of the country's population, are widely celebrated. But these grants fall far short of addressing the country's malnutrition challenge.
A camp for people affected by malnutrition in Eritrea.
A photo smuggled out of Eritrea by the Freedom Friday network.
Eritreans are at risk of severe malnutrition – but aid agencies struggle to access those in need.
Running an effective mass immunisation campaign, vaccinating children in Nigeria against measles is a logistical nightmare.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to global food insecurity except that the West needs to learn to consume, and waste, less.
Scurvy was common in sailors on long voyages who were deprived of citrus fruit and vegetables.
Scurvy is a historical disease caused by severe and chronic deficiency of vitamin C. Its recent reemergence is a poor reflection of the nation's diet.
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Child stunting in Brazil was decreased by insisting that mothers visit healthcare centres.
There are several lessons that the world can learn from Brazil about how to rapidly reduce child stunting in 10 years.
Micronutrient deficiencies are not well understood as an aspect of malnutrition. The problem is that such deficiencies increase a range of health risks.
A Malawian woman carries a bag of maize meal.
Reuters/ Mike Hutchings
Many people in a large number of low and middle income countries now experience a 'double burden' of malnutrition.
Sorghum and legumes could help children reach their required protein intake.
Pulses -- or grain legumes -- are indigenous foods that can play a massive role in tackling food security on the African continent.
An unacceptably high proportion of children in South Africa live in poor conditions.
Inequalities in the nutritional status of poor and rich have been mitigated through various social protection policies, but children in South Africa remain at risk of malnutrition.
In many rural areas, poor people are suffering from malnutrition, which takes the form of stunting and obesity. To change this, their food environments must change.
Celebrity chef going large.
Celebrity chef needs to persuade those in power to change our obesity-causing environment.
Crop production can play a crucial role in helping improve nutrition through dietary diversity.
People living in rural parts of South Africa lack diversity in their eating because a starch based diet is perceived as cheaper and is very common.
School nutrition programmes help reduce the risk of children developing obesity.
Tiger Brands Foundation
In-school nutrition programmes can reduce the chances of children suffering from childhood obesity.
Soha, seven, is now taller than her 10-year-old sister Suhala whose growth has been stunted.
Jo Currie/World Vision
Adults who had a low birthweight or were undernourished as young children are more likely to experience high blood pressure and obesity.
A staple daily diet for millions of South Africans is this traditional porridge, known as “pap”, made from mielie-meal (ground maize).
Food insecurity is not only a cause of bad food choices, it is a result of the economics and geographies of the food system.