Rural mothers, gender equity, and scaling up biofortification

In the western Ugandan district Kakumiro, Nakijoba Anet Wadega teaches other mothers about preparing nutritious and balanced meals, proper hygiene behaviors, and growing biofortified crops like orange sweet potatoes (OSP), which are rich in nutrients their children need. She is part of the Lead Mother initiative, one of the many ways HarvestPlus, the global leader >> Read more

To Fight Malnutrition in Africa, Embed Nutrition in Agricultural Programs

Given its impressive track record over the last 20 years, Rwanda has rightly been considered a model for reducing poverty and hunger in Africa. Between 1990 and 2015, hunger was reduced by almost half. Yet leaders and researchers are still confronted with a puzzling fact: despite higher crop yields and increasing incomes, nutrition is not improving.

Does sex preference affect children’s nutrition and health? Findings from Indonesia.

This month on the A4NH Gender-Nutrition Idea Exchange, Giordano Palloni, Associate Research Fellow in the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division at IFPRI, talks about the findings of his research in which a large household panel dataset from Indonesia is used to show that a mother’s preference for the sex of her next born child plays >> Read more

Indicators for measuring IYCF practices: Time to take stock and revisit!

Good nutrition in the earliest stages of life directly influences children’s future nutrition and development as they grow into healthy adults. Research has contributed to a set of guiding principles on the best infant and young child complementary feeding (IYCF) practices to promote healthy child growth, development, and nutrition.