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Easing Nigeria’s Food Burden

(From: This Today) The Global Panel recently unveiled a report on improving nutrition through improved food and diet.

The World Bank weighs in on obesity and food systems

(From: The World Bank and Obesity.  Not often terms we find in the same sentence. But I am really glad to see the Bank pick up on this issue, particularly the links between food systems and obesity.

PODCAST: Future food & what is to be done?

(From: A conversation with Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director at GAIN on the Global Panel's Nature paper that propose ten ways to shift the focus from feeding people to nourishing them.

Urgent research shift needed to fight dual threat of malnutrition and obesity

(From: Estimates suggest 800 million people in the world are hungry, while some two billion have micronutrient deficiency, and 1.9bn are overweight or obese.

Diet is global food policy's elephant in the room

(From: Global food policy needs to shift way from focusing on feeding people calories to nourishing people with healthy diets, say leading experts.

5.5 million adults eating poorly

(From: Prof Akosa made this known when he chaired the launch of a report by the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition.

Ghana faces double burden of malnutrition – Report

(From: Ghana is currently facing a nutrition crisis, recording a double burden of malnutrition, according to a new nutrition report.

Chuck Norris punches biggest health risks

(From: We are living longer, but living with the consequences of more years stricken with illness and disability.

Poor Diet Is The Greatest Risk To Worldwide Health, Report Says

(From: Huffington Post) Obesity is climbing, and it’s a bigger risk than you might think.

Malnutrition to be serious challenge in controlling NCDs in South Asia

(From: If there are no changes introduced in the current food system, there will still be 188 million calorie deficient people in South Asia in 2030.

A bad diet is worse than drugs, alcohol and tobacco combined

(From: CNN) Is your food killing you? Whether it's too much junk food or a lack of nutritious food, malnutrition caused by bad eating habits is rapidly increasing.

Poor food 'risks health of half the world'

(From: Poor diets are undermining the health of one in three of the world's people, an independent panel of food and agriculture experts has warned. The report says under-nourishment is stunting the growth of nearly a quarter of children under five. And by 2030 a third of the population could be overweight or obese.

Poor Diet Can Be Blamed For Poor Health Of One In Three Of The World’s People

(From: Going by a report of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition which is being presented to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, poor diet is affecting the health of one in three of the world’s people.

Obesity Threat: Poor-Quality Diet Puts 3 Billion People At Risk, Global Panel Report Says

(From: Nearly 3 billion people across 193 countries have low-quality diets lacking the required vitamins and minerals and this poses serious health risks while slowing economic and development progress.

From feeding billions to nourishing billions: how do we get food systems to deliver higher quality diets?

(From: A new report from the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, released at FAO this week, aims to help policymakers make their food systems more supportive of high quality diets. By Dr Lawrence Haddad

Foresight Report - VIDEOS

Watch a video introducing the Foresigh Report, as well as H.E. John Kufuor's speech on the day of the launch at FAO in Rome (23 Sept 2016)

Biofortification: a new way to address malnutrition

More than 20 years ago, Howarth Bouis, Director of HarvestPlus, and other researchers posed the question of whether nutrition could feasibly be included as a breeding trait. How can biofortification scale up to help reach the 2 billion people who still suffer from hidden hunger?

Re-directing food systems towards healthy diets: a case for pulses

Variety is the spice of life. This principle also holds true when it comes to healthy diets, which by definition include a diversity of foods to ensure nutritional adequacy. By Anna Lartey

Ceteris paribus. Predicting the global food environment of 2035

What things might we now be taking for granted that will cause future food markets and household nutrition to move in one unexpected direction or another? Emmy Simmons identifies three areas in which it is likely that “other things will not be equal.

Diversifying food production and diets. Easier said than done

During her research in Kenya, FAO Food Systems Consultant Elvira Uccello investigates the causes of dietary simplification in the region, and the role played by market dynamics and the ecosystem.

The Role of Diets in Shaping the Global Burden of Disease

From largely plant-based minimally processed diets, to consumption of highly refined, packaged foods, large amounts of meat, and high intakes of sodium, refined fats, and sugar. The ongoing global dietary transition has however barely increased the consumption of foods with a high nutrient value in low income countries. By Patrick Webb

Co-designing food systems for nutrition and the environment

The way we produce food is the single most significant way humanity modifies the environment. Charles Godfray examines to what degree we need to consider the joint nutrition and environmental consequences of changes to food system policy.

Towards more nutrition-friendly food systems for the 21st Century

Why is it so difficult to make healthy diet choices? Is it really just an individual responsibility? For Lawrence Haddad the answer is no. He points out that policies, rather than individual choices, can help a big deal to shift from food systems to more nutrition friendly food systems.