Does Aflatoxin Stunt Child Growth? Evidence From the First Randomized Trial

Aflatoxins are, without question, dangerous poisons. Produced by molds that widely contaminate foods and feed, particularly in key staple crops such as maize and groundnuts, they cannot be seen, tasted, or smelled. Yet they take an enormous toll on health and economies across Africa and beyond

Stop Stunting in South Asia

Globally, 25% of children under 5 are stunted. In South Asia, the burden increases to 38% of children under 5, which is about 40% of the global burden of stunting. Why is South Asia home to the largest number of stunted children worldwide? Can anything be done to change this?

New study links poverty to heightened levels of aflatoxin exposure

Many of the foods people depend on most for their sustenance, especially in low and middle income countries, can carry a silent killer: aflatoxins. These naturally occurring fungal toxins contaminate food crops, such as maize, groundnuts, tree nuts, and a range of other produce, and unfortunately, are not always easily detectable. The health effects of aflatoxin >> Read more

Once stunted always stunted? What’s up with catch-up growth?

Poor nutrition can cause young children to become stunted, that is, to be too short for their age. In fact, an estimated 159 million children under five worldwide are stunted due to chronic malnutrition. Linear growth retardation, resulting in stunting, begins in utero and continues into infancy and early childhood. A question that has puzzled >> Read more