From Challenge to Change

Obesity is increasing in most countries, in both urban and rural settings, across socio-economic levels, among children and adults. Consequences include a heightened risk of noncommunicable diseases, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and various cancers. This alarming global trend coincides with limited and patchy progress in driving down rates of undernutrition, as shown by >> Read more

From Food Security to Nutrition Security in India: A Food Systems Perspective

Despite historically high levels of food production in India, undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies persist. At present, 22.5 percent of adults are underweight, and 38 percent are still stunted. While undernutrition persists, based on the latest data from the National Family Health Survey-4, more than 20 percent of Indians are overweight or obese. India joins many >> Read more

Ensuring Food Safety Investments Are People-Focused

Thanks to the efforts of the Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG) and others, foodborne disease is getting the attention it deserves as a major global health issue. Children and poor people suffer the most from foodborne diseases — the same groups who also suffer from other health burdens such as undernutrition. In such >> Read more

Data Can Be Sexist. Here’s How IFPRI is Fixing That Problem.

In their 2019 annual letter, Bill and Melinda gates note nine things that surprised them in 2018. Surprise #4 is: Data can be sexist. "I spend big chunks of my day studying data on health and development," Bill Gates writes. "I'm amazed at how little data we have on women and girls." Melinda Gates elaborates: "What little data >> Read more