South Africans eat too little fruit and vegetables. Food gardens in urban and rural communities could help.
Flickr/USAID | Southern Africa
South Africa has problems with hunger and obesity and both are linked to malnutrition. But solutions like taxes, education, regulating food advertising and labelling can help the problem.
Africa has focused on tackling undernutrition caused by low calorie diets.
Policy choices made by Senegal, Ghana, Rwanda, Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia and Togo over the past 15 years have led to significant reductions in child undernourishment.
Somalia is a case of subtle connections between drought, food insecurity and conflict.
Oxfam East Africa
It's wrong to blame climate change for famine and conflict. These can either be prevented, or the impact minimised, if institutions and mechanisms of good governance are in place.
Ecuador’s school snack programme focuses on pre-packaged, individual-sized items like juice boxes.
Bernardo Cañizares Esguerra
Up to 25% of Ecuadorian children suffer from malnutrition, and the country's sugary school snacks aren't helping. Kids need healthful, fresh food — not high-calorie humanitarian aid.
South African learners receiving two meals, despite being from arguably poorer backgrounds, had statistically significantly lower stunting levels than children receiving only one meal.
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.
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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.
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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.